Prescription Freedom' Campaign
Expands to 16 States
National Grassroots Effort Focuses
on Medicare Prescription Coverage
'Seniors Can't Spend Rhetoric
at the Pharmacy,' Says National Seniors Leader.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 /PRNewswire/
-- Telling Congress it's not too late to pass a prescription bill, the
United Seniors Association (USA), a national network of 1.5 million-plus
Seniors, today expanded its "USA Prescription Freedom" grassroots
and media campaign.
"We're expanding our
grassroots education campaign to convince the Senate to try once more this
year," said USA Chairman and Chief Executive Charlie Jarvis. "It
is wrong to use Medicare as a campaign issue to scare Seniors. The House has
already passed a good bill. If the Senate fails to match the House's
victory, Seniors will suffer."
Wilson voted to support millions of Seniors when she helped pass the
Medicare Modernization and Prescription Drug Act, and she deserves our
support as she continues the fight for this legislation. We are running ads
in New Mexico to let Seniors know how they should support this legislative
effort," Jarvis said.
"Seniors can't spend
political rhetoric at the pharmacy. We are profoundly disappointed that some
have chosen to engage in a dishonest attack on Representative Wilson's
record of support for Seniors. This is a life and death issue for Seniors,
and the politics of negativity and personal destruction are irresponsible
and shameful. Seniors want results, not rhetoric."
"The United Seniors
Association supports the House Leadership bill passed by the House of
Representatives in July. It gives Seniors real and immediate prescription
drug coverage under Medicare," added Jarvis. "It offers Seniors up
to 70 percent savings over what they now pay for prescriptions, and millions
of Seniors would pay absolutely nothing for their prescriptions. The urgent
needs of Seniors demand the Senate pass a bill like the House passed."
The latest U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services study shows that, under the House-passed plan,
Seniors could typically see the costs of each prescription cut by 60-85
percent, while overall out-of-pocket drug costs would fall by as much as 70
percent (Source: http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2002pres/20020619a.html).
To interview Mr. Jarvis,
contact Sharon Korchnak at 703-359-6500, ext. 25.
USA is celebrating its 11th
anniversary as the non-partisan, 1.5 million- plus nationwide grassroots
network Uniting the Generations for America's Future(TM). United Seniors
Association works to expand health freedom, retirement and investment
freedom, and economic freedom for Senior Americans, their children,
grandchildren, and great grandchildren. The organization's Honorary Chairman
is the renowned celebrity, businessman, and author Art Linkletter.