The Democratic Party:

The Party That Created Medicare For America’s Seniors

Printable Talking Points on Bush's Withholding Medicare Drug Costs
Printable One Pager on Bush's Withholding of Medicare Drug Costs

 

The Bush Administration Deliberately Withheld Real Cost Of Medicare Prescription Drug Program.

 

“Now we learn the shocking truth: that [the Bush Administration] knew it all along. And even worse, the government's top expert on Medicare costs had been told to keep quiet - or pay the price.  There is no place for silencing the truth.” 

 Democratic Presidential Candidate John Kerry

Press Release 3/15/04

 

Democrats Demand an Honest Vote on Real Costs.
Republicans Withheld Costs To Betray America’s Seniors. Americans deserve better.
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In 1965, over 80% of House and Senate Democrats voted to create our nation’s Medicare program. Only 50% of Republicans voted to create Medicare; many Republican leaders including Senator Bob Dole voted against creating Medicare.

While the Bush Administration claimed the newly passed Medicare Prescription Drug Program would cost $395 billion, Boston University’s School of Public Health published a report estimating corporate profit from the corporate-written Bush Administration Medicare prescription drug plan at $139 billion. Bush’s Medicare Prescription Drug Program barely passed in the House of Representatives with a 216-215 vote and in the Senate with a 54-44 vote.

Now we find out that while the Bush Administration said the program costs were $395 billion, the Bush Administration knew the costs were almost $552 billion-a $157 billion difference.

A dishonest Bush Administration knew this and deliberately hid the truth of the real costs from Congress and the American people.

Senate and House Democratic leaders including Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle demanded the program be brought up again for a vote based on the real numbers. Republican leaders refused to reopen the debate much less to call for a second round of votes.

    Democratic Presidential Nominee John Kerry says, “Americans deserve better than this.”


[Legislative History: Vote Tallies for Passage of Medicare in 1965; “Senate passes Medicare bill” CNN 11.25.03; “Daschle call for a revote on Medicare drug bill” Miami Herald 3/13/04; Press Release: Kerry on Bush's Growing Credibility Gap on Medicare 3/15/04]

 

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

George W. Bush, CNN 12/8/03


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Democrats Demand an Honest Re-Vote on Real Costs. more Democrats Demand an Honest Re-Vote on Real Costs. less

Democratic Presidential Candidate John Kerry: Choosing Seniors Over Pharmaceutical Profits. more Democratic Presidential Candidate John Kerry: Choosing Seniors Over Pharmaceutical Profits. less

“We will give seniors a real prescription drug benefit on Medicare.”
— Democratic Presidential Candidate John Kerry

ABC News, July 8, 2004

 


The Democratic Party:

The Party That Created Medicare For America’s Seniors