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Medicare Modernization Act: passage

11/21/2003
House Roll Call No. 669
108th Congress, 1st Session

Agreed to: 220-215 (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 of the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act (H.R. 1) empowers 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, the National Right to Life Committee supported passage of H.R. 1, which passed the House, 220-215, on November 22, 2003 (House Roll Call No. 669). The bill was supported by 204 Republicans and 16 Democrats. It was opposed by 25 Republicans, 189 Democrats, and one independent.


Vote Map: House Roll Call No. 669
Votes For : 220
Votes Against : 215

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