Republicans are "constitutional" "fiscal conservatives" who are against any "budget-breaking" health-care "take-over," while the Democrats are "for" the suppressed and dis-advantaged, right?
You might be surprised who voted for, and against, one such Measure just seven years ago.'The majority party was pushing the largest entitlement expansion since the Great Society. The minority attempted byzantine legislative maneuvers to obstruct the vote. The majority never relented, even taking unprecedented action to ram the bill through Congress." (hat tip David Paul Kuhn, HERE)
The Measure: H.R. 1 (Prescription Drug and Medicare Improvement Act of 2003 )
Measure Title: An act to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for a voluntary prescription drug benefit under the medicare program and to strengthen and improve the medicare program, and for other purposes.
Republican Yea's (current Senate members depicted in bold)
Specter (R*-PA) *now a D
See entire vote summary HERE.
It should be noted that the Democrats voted 35:11 against this measure (I thought they were for increased health-care coverage?).