Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Republicans, Democrats and Drugs

From The Plain Dealer:

Democrats complain about the Republican-crafted Medicare prescription drug plan for seniors, but look for the GOP to try to turn the tables this fall.

Republicans will say that two of the plan's aspects that anger Democrats such as Rep. Sherrod Brown -- its private-sector management and its prohibition on the government negotiating lower drug prices -- are identical to provisions in a Democratic bill that died in 2000. Brown, a Lorain Democrat running for the U.S. Senate, and more than 100 other Democrats co-sponsored that bill.

"There's a word for that, and it's hypocrisy," said Dan Ronayne, a spokesman for the National Republican Senatorial Committee. He said Republicans will talk about it in their campaign against Brown.

Question: Why did Republicans pass a Democrat bill?

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