NEW DIGITAL AD: Murray Opposed Prescription Drug Coverage for Seniors


For Immediate Release

October 11, 2022


NEW DIGITAL AD: Murray Opposed PrescriptionDrug Coverage for Seniors

If Patty Had Her Way, Nearly One Million Washington Seniors Would Not Receive Medicare Rx Benefits

Pasco, WA – In a new digital ad released today called “Prescriptions,” the Smiley for Washington campaign calls Patty Murray out for her November 2003 vote against bipartisan legislation – the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act – to add a prescription drug benefit to Medicare.

Watch the ad here or click on the image below:


“It’s obvious why Patty Murray is spending millions of dollars claiming to be a fighter against high prescription drug costs,” said Elisa Carlson, Communications Director for Smiley for Washington. “Because if she had her way back in 2003, Medicare wouldn’t cover prescriptiondrugs at all, a benefit that nearly one million Washington seniors use. For Patty, it’s her way or the highway and that’s why Washingtonians will vote her out this November.”


BACKGROUND

Here’s what three of her current Senate Democrat colleagues who all voted in favor of the MedicarePrescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act said at the time:

  • Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE): The “$400 billion prescription drug benefit under Medicare … helps those who need it the most … I feel strongly that we can no longer sit back and do nothing at all … the need is too great to let politics continue to get in the way of doing what is right for our nation’s seniors.”

  • Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA): “The bill would bring ‘substantial help’ to the people she represents. It would, she said, make prescription coverage available to more than 4 million Californians, including 351,000 low-income Medicare beneficiaries in California who … have no prescription drug coverage.”

  • Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR): “I will not vote to let the last train that leaves the U.S. Senate go out without $400 billion to be used to help vulnerable seniors and those who are getting crushed by prescription drug costs.”




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