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SENATE: CSE Key Votes NO on H.R. 1, the “Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003.”
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SENATE: CSE Key Votes NO on H.R. 1, the “Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003.”

Dear Senator, On behalf of the more than 300,000 members of Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE), I urge you to vote NO on the Conference Report on H.R. 1, the “Medicare Prescription Drug Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003.” In 2020, Medicare’s spiraling costs are projected to eat up 20 percent of all income tax revenue. The current fee-for-service Medicare program is unsustainable, and this proposal will accelerate the Medicare crisis.

11/24/2003
SENATE: CSE Key Votes NO on H.R. 1, the “Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003.”
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SENATE: CSE Key Votes NO on H.R. 1, the “Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003.”

Dear Senator, On behalf of the more than 300,000 members of Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE), I urge you to vote NO on the Conference Report on H.R. 1, the “Medicare Prescription Drug Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003.” In 2020, Medicare’s spiraling costs are projected to eat up 20 percent of all income tax revenue. The current fee-for-service Medicare program is unsustainable, and this proposal will accelerate the Medicare crisis.

11/24/2003
U.S. House aims for Medicare drug vote
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U.S. House aims for Medicare drug vote

BY Joanne Kenen

WASHINGTON, Nov 21 (Reuters) - With some crucial conservatives still vowing to defy Republican leaders and vote 'no', the U.S. House of Representatives opened debate on Friday on sweeping legislation to overhaul the Medicare health program for the elderly. The legislation, a priority of President George W. Bush as he prepares to seek re-election next year, would add a prescription drug benefit to Medicare and introduce far-reaching reforms to restrain costs and expand the role of private managed-care plans in caring for the elderly.

11/21/2003
Division on the Right
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Division on the Right

BY Ramesh Ponnuru

No conservative can be happy about giving at least $400 billion in additional taxpayer funding to an entitlement program. Many conservatives would have been willing to go along with the expansion of Medicare if they thought that the program would simultaneously be reformed in a major way. Most conservatives outside Congress don't believe that the current Medicare bill offers nearly enough reform. Accordingly, it is being opposed by the Heritage Foundation, the Cato Institute, Citizens for a Sound Economy, the Wall Street Journal, National Review, and other conservative organizations. A few brave Republican congressmen, notably Reps. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and Mike Pence of Indiana, have also declared their opposition.

11/21/2003
An Open Letter to Congress on the Final Medicare Prescription Drug Legislation
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An Open Letter to Congress on the Final Medicare Prescription Drug Legislation

Dear Congress: The undersigned groups are strongly opposed to the final Medicare prescription drug legislation and urge all Members to vote "no." While there are many bad elements of this bill, among the most reckless are: - Adding to Medicare's Unfunded Liabilities. Medicare is already projected to go bankrupt. Nonetheless, this bill will unconscionably add hundreds of billions of dollars in unfunded liabilities to the program.

11/20/2003
Politics and Policy This Week
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Politics and Policy This Week

Hurricane Isabel Shutters Congress

09/18/2003
Medicare bills are bad policy, and bad politics
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Medicare bills are bad policy, and bad politics

BY Michael Chahinian

When Republicans unveiled the "Contract with America" in 1994. they claimed it would be "the end of government that is too big, too intrusive and too easy with the public's money." Hmm . . . the $400 billion Medicare "reform" that Congress is working on is long on spending, big on government and short on reform. The Medicare trustees' own estimate for the value of unfunded liabilities, without the new prescription drug benefit, is around $38.3 trillion. That money will have to be paid through either massive tax increases or sharp spending cuts in the future.

07/23/2003
Medicare's Two Fundamental Problems
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Medicare's Two Fundamental Problems

July 16, 2003 The Honorable Dennis Hastert Speaker of the House of Representatives The Honorable Bill Frist Senate Majority Leader The United States Capitol Washington, DC 20515 Dear Speaker Hastert and Majority Leader Frist:

07/17/2003
First, Do No Harm
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First, Do No Harm

©2003 Copley News Service, 7/1/2003 Hippocrates, circa 400 B.C., is credited with creating the oath to which all doctors swore. The oath was subsequently named in his honor and survives to this day as the Hippocratic Oath. From this early date physicians were already organized into a guild, with regulations for training and the promotion of a professional ideal. To paraphrase from this oath, a doctor's responsibility is to "first, do no harm." Unfortunately for doctors, Congress does not abide by a similar oath, particularly in the area of health-care policy.

07/01/2003
KEY VOTE: CSE Urges NO Vote on the "Prescription Drug and Medicare Modernization Act"
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KEY VOTE: CSE Urges NO Vote on the "Prescription Drug and Medicare Modernization Act"

06/26/2003

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