Medicare Modernization Act: critical procedural vote

Senate Roll Call No. 458
108th Congress, 1st Session

Agreed to: 61-39 (see complete tally)
Government-imposed denial of medical treatment necessary to save life is a form of involuntary euthanasia. Because Medicare is mandatory health insurance for older Americans, the government must not limit the ability of senior citizens to use their own money, if they wish, to get unrationed insurance for life-saving medical treatment under Medicare. The final version (called the "conference report") of the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act (H.R. 1) empowered older Americans to avoid involuntary denial of life-saving treatment by giving them this option, both for the “core” Medicare benefit that includes life-saving medical treatment and the new prescription drug benefit. Most critically, it provides that Medicare bureaucrats cannot impose rationing-causing price controls. Therefore, NRLC supported passage of H.R. 1. This roll call was on a motion to waive a point of order against the final version of the bill (called the "conference report"). This was the critical procedural vote that essentially determined whether the bill would pass. The motion to waive, which required 60 votes, was adopted 61-39. It was supported by 49 Republicans, 11 Democrats and one independent (these senators voted in agreement with the NRLC position). The motion was opposed by two Republicans and 37 Democrats (these senators voted contrary to the NRLC position). Roll Call No. 458, November 24, 2003.

Vote Map: Senate Roll Call No. 458
Votes For : 61
Votes Against : 39

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