House approves prescription drug bill after contentious debate
Wednesday, June 28th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6
(Capitol Hill-AP) -- The House has approved the Republican's Medicare prescription drug bill after a day of bitter partisan debate.
The vote was 217-to-214.
The G-O-P plan, which would cost around 40 billion dollars, allows seniors to chose from at least two prescription drug plans.
The Republican approach calls for a blend of private insurance companies and federal subsidies to spread coverage nationwide.
Democrats began the day by walking out to protest the Republican refusal to let them vote on a Democratic alternative.
They later returned to the chamber, repeatedly denouncing the Republican plan as a "sham."
Democrats wanted to put forward a plan that would have provided prescription drug coverage as part of Medicare.
They used parliamentary maneuvers to force a series of votes that added hours to the proceedings.
President Clinton has promised to veto the Republican measure.