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For Immediate Release: June 26, 2003

692-Page Medicare Bill Just Developed andCongress Has Just Hours Before Voting: Will Your Congressman's Vote Be Truly Informed?

(Washington, D.C.)—Congress is getting ready to vote on a 692-page Medicare bill (H.R.1) that was posted online less than 24 hours ago. "But few members are going to know what they are voting for or against," says Sue Blevins, president of the Institute for Health Freedom. She urges citizens to urgently ask their national policymakers:

  • Have you (elected officials) read the newly developed 692-page Medicare bill in its entirety?

  • Will you (elected officials) study the 692-page Medicare bill before voting on it?

  • How will the bill ensure the new prescription drug benefit will be truly voluntary, as is being touted?

  • Does the bill increase the eligibility age at which workers may recoup their Medicare benefits (thus equating a tax increase)?

  • What is the final price tag for the pending Medicare bill?

  • How much will the Medicare bill cost future taxpayers as a percentage of their earnings?

"Without asking these questions, Congress is making uninformed national policy decisions that affect our very personal lives," Blevins said. "That's why it's critical for citizens to voice their own opinions on this very important issue."

The 692-page Medicare bill [became Public Law No: 108-173].