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New Prescription Drug Coverage

Location: Washington, DC

NEW PRESCRIPTION DRUG COVERAGE -- (House of Representatives - May 05, 2004)

(Mr. REHBERG asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)

Mr. REHBERG. There is an old adage, the louder your opponents protest, the more you know you are successful with what you are doing.

That is exactly what is happening with Medicare's new prescription drug coverage. Those who voted against the new prescription drug benefit are protesting what we have done because they do not think seniors are smart enough or capable enough to choose the prescription drug plan that is best for them. They want the program to fail for preliminary reasons.

All these protests are designed to draw attention away from the fact that for the first time more than 7 million low income seniors and younger people with disabilities are now eligible for much needed assistance.

According to the National Council on Aging, a national voluntary network of organizations and individuals dedicated to improving health and independence of our seniors, low income Medicare beneficiaries should absolutely apply for a new Medicare approved drug discount card and its $600 annual transition assistance benefit.

Despite the shrill protests of those who voted against it and want it to fail, the power to save on prescription drugs is now in the hands of the seniors, and Republicans will help.


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