on the Republican Medicare Prescription Drug Deal
D.C. -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following
statement today on the Republican deal on the Medicare prescription
want a real prescription drug plan for Americas seniors that
will bring down drug prices and provide guaranteed, defined benefits
under Medicare. Democrats have yet to see the details of this very
partisan, backroom deal, but from what we know about it, it is disastrous
leaders are leaving seniors at the mercy of HMOs, increasing the
costs for seniors, including the costs for doctors' visits, and
dismantling Medicare. In the backrooms of backrooms, Republican
leaders had a one-sided debate about dismantling the Medicare program
that seniors have known and trusted for nearly four decades. Who
lost are the 40 million seniors who have been pleading for a real
Medicare prescription drug benefit.
are the Republicans special interest cronies. Republican leaders
are giving millions of dollars in windfall profits to the pharmaceutical
industry, banning the negotiation for lower drug prices, and giving
billions of dollars as a slush fund for HMOs.
deal is far too partisan. Fig-leaf bipartisanship does not make
this a bipartisan compromise.