on Reported Medicare Deal
D.C. -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following
statement today following news reports that Republicans are near
a deal on the Medicare prescription drug bill:
want a real Medicare prescription drug plan for Americas seniors
that will bring down drug prices and provide guaranteed, defined
benefits under Medicare. Democrats continue to be excluded from
negotiations, but from what we know of this backroom deal, the Republican
plan does not meet any of these criteria.
Democrats have been literally knocking at the door, on behalf of
40 million seniors and disabled Americans, to get into the negotiating
room and work for a bipartisan bill to make prescription drugs affordable.
prescription drug deal that leaves millions of seniors at the mercy
of HMOs, increases costs for many seniors, and forces millions of
seniors to lose coverage from their employers is not a good plan.
If media reports about the closed-door deal are accurate, then the
Republican plan will not give seniors the affordable prescription
drugs they need.
negotiators have reportedly inserted provisions that were not included
in either the House or Senate bill and that go well beyond the addition
of a prescription drug benefit to Medicare.
is no longer a debate just about including a prescription drug benefit
in Medicare. Republicans are trying to dismantle the Medicare program
that seniors have known and trusted for nearly 40 years. And that
is completely unacceptable.