The Democratic Party:

The Party That Created Medicare For America’s Seniors

 

The Bush White House Gift to the Pharmaceutical Industry:

            Bad Medicine for America’s Greatest Generation

Printable Talking Points on the Bush White House Gift to the Pharmaceutical Industry

 

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.

 

. . . 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 Candidate John Kerry

 

 

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In 1965, over 80% of House and Senate Democrats voted to create the federal Medicare government program for our nation’s seniors. Only 50% of Republicans voted for Medicare; most Republican leaders including Senator Bob Dole voted against it.  

“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 placing Medicare’s prescription drug benefit in the hands of private pharmaceutical companies.  In contrast, 80% of Democrats rejected transferring 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, 6/28/00; Senate Passes Medicare Bill,” 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 prescription drug plan does.



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Senator John McCain: "[T]axpayers will provide billion(s) a year in increased profits to the pharmaceutical industry." [“Medicare Drug Prescription for Seniors Remains Unfilled,” Arizona Republic, 12/1/03]


“Bush’s plan pays billions of dollars in unwarranted subsidies to HMO’s and other managed care plans, paying them more than it would cost for regular Medicare to provide the same services.”

[Statement by Robert Greenstein, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Dec. 8, 2003]

 

From 2000 to the end of 2003, pharmaceutical companies had invested over $40 million dollars in Republican federal campaigns. [“Pharmaceutical/Health Products: Long Term Trends,” Center for Responsive Politics ]



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Keeping Our Word on Affordable Prescription Drugs

 

 

 

 

 

For more information, see John Kerry's Plan to Lower Prescription Drug Prices for Seniors.

Also read John Kerry’s 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.”                                               

— Democratic Presidential Candidate John Kerry

 

 

The Democratic Party:

The Party That Created Medicare For America’s Seniors