NJ-04: Chris Smith Voted to Double Prescription Drug Co-Pays for Military Families

Cross-posted at Blue Jersey

Chris Smith voted to double the cost of prescription drug co-pays for military families. In 2006, the Bush administration doubled the cost of prescription co-pays for military families under Tri-Care health coverage. Democrats introduced legislation restoring the original co-pays of $3 for generic drugs and $9 for brand name drugs, but Chris Smith and other Republicans voted to block the legislation. [HR 5122, vote #139, 5/11/06; Leadership document, "Democrats Are Fighting for Military Families," 5/11/06]

According to research, many military families face difficult financial challenges. Over 20% of military families report having received WIC aid or food stamps from the government. While a few dollars saved might not mean much to Chris Smith, who has voted to raise his own salary by $32,600 since 1999, every dollar helps our military families afford basic necessities.[Washington Post/Kaiser Foundation Military Families Survey March 2004 CRS: Salaries of Members of Congress Updated January 8, 2008; 1999 Vote #300; 2000 Vote #419; 2001 House Vote #267; 2002 House Vote #322; 2003 House Vote #463; 2004 House Vote #451; 2005 House Vote #327; 2006 vote #261; 2007 Vote #580]

"Before veterans are veterans, they are servicemen and servicewomen. Military families deserve to know why Chris Smith voted to double their prescription drug co-pays," said Josh Zeitz campaign manager Steve D'Amico.

This vote is another example of why I'm working to elect Josh Zeitz and bring Chris Smith back to New Jersey. I know you know want to turn the seat blue, so if you can volunteer, please email me at: ian_at_joshzeitz_dot_com. To learn more about Josh and his stance on the issues, please visit his website.

Tags: 2008 elections, Chris Smith, House, Josh Zeitz, military, new jersey, NJ-04, Prescription Drugs, troops (all tags)



comments welcome!


by Zeitz for Congress 2008-07-01 08:17AM | 0 recs
Re: NJ-04: Chris Smith Voted to Double Prescriptio

Smith is pretty entrenched in this nicely carved out district.  your best bet is to realign it.

by glutz78 2008-07-01 08:19AM | 0 recs
Re: NJ-04: Chris Smith Voted to Double Prescriptio

I appreciate the jibe. We're doing our best and starting to get some traction.

by Zeitz for Congress 2008-07-01 09:47AM | 0 recs
Re: NJ-04: Chris Smith Voted to Double Prescriptio

Another example of the shallow shillness of the GOP
"We Support the Troops" meme.
House and Senate races this time around will expose these hypocrisies.
Good luck with your Candidate..
just visited his web place..


by nogo postal 2008-07-01 08:24AM | 0 recs
Re: NJ-04: Chris Smith Voted to Double Prescriptio

Great. Thanks for the support and looking at the site.

by Zeitz for Congress 2008-07-01 09:48AM | 0 recs
good luck

I hope you can win.  Smith has been in office way too long.  I grew up in the 4th and lived there until I was 20.  For someone who has been in congress almost 30 years, his record is awfully shallow.

The 4th deserves better.

by monkeyga 2008-07-02 10:27AM | 0 recs


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