Medicare Prescription Drug Price Negotiation Act (H.R. 4): passage

House Roll Call No. 23
110th Congress, 1st Session

Passed: 255-170 (see complete tally)

NRLC opposed this bill (H.R. 4), sponsored by Rep. John Dingell (D-Mi.), because it would effectively prevent older people from being allowed to spend their own money, if they choose, to save their own lives through access to unrationed prescription drugs under Medicare.  Under the guise of “government negotiation” the bill would result in the imposition of price controls that would limit access to and discourage the development of innovative life-saving medicines.  However, the House passed the bill, 255 to 170.  The bill was then sent to the Senate for further action.  The bill was supported by 24 Republicans and 231 Democrats.  It was opposed by 170 Republicans.  Roll call no. 23, January 12, 2007.  [To read NRLC's letters of January 2 and 10, 2007, to House members in opposition to H.R. 4, and for further information on the danger of drug rationing in Medicare, click here.]

Vote Map: House Roll Call No. 23
Votes For : 255
Votes Against : 170
Not Voting : 10

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