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Issue Position: Health Care & Medicare - Making Prescription Drugs More Affordable

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I believe that all seniors should have access to an affordable, comprehensive prescription drug benefit. I support the enactment of a prescription drug benefit that provides prescription drugs to seniors in the same manner that seniors receive other health care services from Medicare.

In 2003, Congress passed legislation to create a Medicare prescription drug benefit. I voted against the bill because it failed to provide a comprehensive and affordable benefit for all Medicare beneficiaries. The law offers a meager prescription drug benefit, does nothing to control the skyrocketing price of prescription drugs, and begins to dismantle the entire Medicare program.

This Medicare prescription drug benefit, or Medicare Part D, went into effect in January of 2006. In signing up for Part D, seniors are faced with a dizzying array of choices and have often been provided with misinformation. Unfortunately, many seniors are still unable to afford their prescription drugs.

I continue to work towards a comprehensive prescription drug benefit that is affordable for all seniors and that will control the skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs

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