VIDEO FLASHBACK: Patty Murray Called Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit “Failure,” “Flawed”


For Immediate Release

September 28, 2022


***PRESS RELEASE***

VIDEO FLASHBACK: Patty Murray Called Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit “Failure,” “Flawed” and “Deficient”


Nearly One Million Washington State Seniors Benefit from Prescription Coverage Today, But Murray Proclaimed Cost Was “Far Too High”


Pasco, WA – Today, nearly one million Washington State seniors receive prescription drug coverage from Medicare. That’s thanks to a bipartisan bill passed back in 2003 that created this prescription drug benefit. Democrat Senators who still serve today – like Tom Carper of Delaware, Dianne Feinstein of California and Ron Wyden of Oregon – said the bill “helps those who need it the most,” would provide “substantial help” to those who “have no prescription drug coverage,” and “helps vulnerable seniors and those getting crushed by prescription drug costs.”


What did Patty Murray have to say about the bill when she took to the Senate floor on November 23, 2003? Watch here:


Patty Murray called a bipartisan bill that provided seniors with prescription drug benefits “flawed” and a “failure.” But it didn’t end there. Watch here:


Murray declared that the cost of a Medicare prescription drug coverage bill was “far too high” and “deficient.” Not long after that floor speech, she voted against this bipartisan legislation.


BOTTOM LINE: For Patty Murray, it’s either her way or the highway. And if Patty Murray had her way, nearly one million Washington State seniors would not have prescription drug coverage through Medicare.

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