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Seniors and Democrats Call for Extension to Medicare Drug Deadline

Location: Washington, DC

Seniors and Democrats Call for Extension to Medicare Drug Deadline

House and Senate Democrats today joined with hundreds of seniors from around the country to call on President Bush and Congressional Republicans to extend the enrollment deadline for the Medicare prescription drug plan.

The Bush Administration's botched implementation of the plan, itself a special interest giveaway to drug companies and HMOs, has punished seniors around the country. Now, with millions still not signed up for the confusing program and the enrollment period set to expire on Monday, Democrats are urging Bush Republicans not to charge seniors for their own incompetence.


"In 5 days, Republicans will hit our seniors with an arbitrary deadline, and an arbitrary tax," said House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). "Democrats stand united to extend the May 15th deadline and end the Bush prescription drug tax. American families deserve a benefit that doesn't complicate their lives, but does more to lower costs and confusion."



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