The Democratic Party: 

The Party That Created Medicare

For America’s Seniors

 

The Bush Administration Betrayed America’s Seniors:

  Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit An Empty Promise

Printable Talking Points on Bush's Withholding Medicare Betrayal

 

 

That’s why today I’m unveiling a new Compact with America’s Seniors that will be a building block for the initiatives seniors can count on . . .My Compact with America’s Seniors says the Greatest Generation should be able to count on Medicare and Social Security, on affordable prescription drugs, on quality options for long-term care.  You’ve earned it.”

Democratic Presidential Nominee John Kerry



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In 1965, over 80% of House and Senate Democrats voted to create the federal Medicare program for our nation’s seniors. Only 50% of Republicans voted for Medicare; many Republican leaders including Senator Bob Dole voted against it.   Long before the 1960’s and all the way since, the Democratic Party leadership has created and provided programs – such as Medicare – Americans need for basic well-being. 

 According to a 2000 CNN article, “President Clinton, who had offered Republicans a deal to boost the drug coverage in exchange for tax cuts elsewhere, said, ‘the bottom line is their plan is designed to benefit the companies who make the prescription drugs, not the older Americans who need to take them.’"

In 2003, over 80% of Republicans supported the Bush Administration’s corporate-written Medicare prescription drug plan that places our Seniors prescription drug benefits into the hands of private pharmaceutical companies.  This corporate-written plan doesn’t guarantee pricing, prohibits Medicare from negotiating best prices for medicines, and doesn’t guarantee necessary drugs will be or remain on any government-subsidized plans.   The Bush Administration’s Medicare Prescription Drug Plan is made possible through disenfranchising America’s Seniors while enriching the pocketbooks of Bush’s campaign contributors.

In contrast, 80% of Democrats rejected this shameful campaign blowback that transfers Medicare’s prescription drug plan to private companies. 

[Legislative History: Vote Tallies for Passage of Medicare in 1965; “House Passes GOP Prescription Drug Bill,” CNN, 6/28/03; Senate Passes Medicare Bil,l” CNN ‘Inside Politics.’ 11/25/03; Arm-twisting Wins 220-215 Medicare Vote,” Washington Times, 11/23/03]


 

“These [Medicare] reforms are the act of a vibrant and compassionate government."

George W. Bush, CNN, 12/8/03


That’s what Bush said.  It’s not what his Medicare prescription drug plan does.



“And now that the Greatest Generation is getting older, I think it is the responsibility of all Americans to make sure we do our part for America’s seniors.  You have earned the best of America – and we need to make sure you get the protection and health care you deserve.”                                              

Democratic Presidential Nominee John Kerry                                


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·          80% of Democrats Rejected Bush Administration Gift to Pharmaceutical Industry.  Republicans?  Over 80% of Them Supported Bush’s Gift to Pharmaceutical Industry

 

Republicans overwhelmingly supported the Bush Administration’s corporate-written prescription drug bill.  In the Senate, 80% of Republicans supported Bush’s bill and 84% of House Republicans voted to support privatizing Medicare’s prescription drug coverage.  In contrast, 80% (190) of House Democrats and 80% (35)of Senate Democrats voted to reject privatizing Medicare’s prescription drug plan. [“Senate Passes Medicare Bill,” CNN ‘Inside Politics,’ 11/25/03; Arm-twisting Wins 220-215 Medicare Vote,” Washington Times, 11/23/03]

 

President Clinton, who had offered Republicans a deal to boost the drug coverage in exchange for tax cuts elsewhere, said, "the bottom line is their plan is designed to benefit the companies who make the prescription drugs, not the older Americans who need to take them."                                           [“House passes GOP prescription drug bill” CNN 6/28/00]



Bush Plan Wrong Prescription: Democratic Presidential Nominee John Kerry 

“The Medicare prescription drug benefit deal reached by Republicans is a raw deal for America’s seniors and a big windfall for the big drug companies.  It makes a dangerous move towards Medicare privatization with new provisions to force seniors into private HMO’s and higher premiums for those who stay in traditional Medicare. It undermines benefits for those who have retiree coverage today and does nothing to contain the spiraling costs of prescription drugs.  And at the same time they are hurting seniors, the Bush Administration manages to reward prescription drug companies with a plan that will increase their profits by $139 billion.   Hard-pressed seniors need a real affordable prescription drug benefit that puts them ahead of the multi-billion dollar drug companies that fund George Bush's campaign. This is the wrong prescription.”

 

 Democratic Presidential Nominee John Kerry

Statement on Reported Medicare Prescription Drug Deal



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“My dad was a member of the Greatest Generation that achieved victory in World War II.  This was the generation that saved the world from fascism, came home and built the great American middle class, led the way in the civil rights movement, protected our environment, and created great programs like Medicare.”

Democratic Presidential Nominee John Kerry

Compact with the Greatest Generation

 

“And now that the Greatest Generation is getting older, I think it is the responsibility of all Americans to make sure we do our part for America’s seniors.  You have earned the best of America – and we need to make sure you get the protection and health care you deserve. . .

 

“That’s why … I’m unveiling a new Compact with America’s Seniors that will be a building block for the initiatives seniors can count on . . . My Compact with America’s Seniors says that Greatest Generation seniors should be able to count on Medicare and Social Security, on affordable prescription drugs, on quality options for long-term care.  You’ve earned it.”

Democratic Presidential Nominee John Kerry

Compact with the Greatest Generation




The Democratic Party:

 The Party That Created Medicare For America’s Seniors