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Senator Hagel Statement on President's Medicare Proposal

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Hagel Statement on President's Medicare Proposal

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE) issued the following statement regarding President Bush's Medicare proposal unveiled in a speech today:

"I'm pleased the President has put forward his Medicare reform proposal. The most important immediate thing we can do for seniors is ease the cost of prescription drugs.

Over the last three years, I have worked to provide affordable prescription drugs for seniors. A plan I introduced last year with Senators John Ensign (R-NV) and Phil Gramm (R-TX) received more bipartisan votes than any other prescription drug plan. It would have been an immediate step that would have lowered the burden of prescription drug costs for seniors,
especially low-income seniors. Our legislation combined access to a discount prescription drug card with catastrophic coverage for overall drug costs. The proposal would not have required monthly premiums.

My prescription drug proposal fits within the President's framework and I will re-introduce it in the next couple of weeks,"
said U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel.

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