on Republican Failure to Meet Medicare Prescription Drug Bill Deadline
D.C. -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following
statement today on the Republicans failure to meet their self-imposed
deadline on completion of the Medicare prescription drug conference:
have been working for years to give seniors and the disabled the
Medicare prescription drug benefit they need and deserve. So when
the Republican leaders set today as the deadline for completing
legislation, we hoped that together we could fulfill the promises
made to Medicare beneficiaries.
the deadline will pass today with nothing delivered to the millions
of elderly and disabled Americans still waiting for help. This is
not surprising, considering that House Democrats have not been consulted
or included in the House-Senate negotiations.
worse, whatever minor steps have been taken have been steps in the
wrong direction. Seniors asked for legislation that would make medicine
more affordable. Yet Republicans passed legislation that would forbid
the government from negotiating lower drug prices. Seniors asked
to pay less. Yet Republicans are insisting on 'means testing' provisions
that could force four million seniors to pay more for the benefits
they already have instead of receiving more help paying for their
time to go back to the drawing board. It is time to include Democrats
in a process that will give Medicare beneficiaries the affordable,
guaranteed and defined prescription drug benefit under Medicare
that they desperately need and deserve."