Today, I was reminded of another one: SeniorCare.
I was reminded when I received a notice that Senator Russ Feingold is urging the federal government to OK its extension:
U.S. Senator Russ Feingold spoke with Peter Orszag today to urge quick approval of the waiver application to extend Wisconsin’s SeniorCare program for an additional two years. SeniorCare, the popular prescription drug program, is scheduled to expire on December 31, 2009. After the phone conversation, Feingold released the following statement:It's nice to see a Senator do something good for the people instead of his or her pocket book.
“I thanked Director Orszag for his work and that of his office to review Wisconsin’s application for the SeniorCare waiver. I reiterated how successful and popular SeniorCare is, and how it would save the government money – something to the tune of $55 million over five years. I also stated how pleased I was during the presidential campaign last year that then-Senator Obama publicly recognized SeniorCare as a great program that deserves to continue. Director Orszag was receptive, and I will continue to work with Governor Doyle, and other Wisconsin officials to ensure this successful program continues.”
In 2007, after months of effort, Senators Feingold and Kohl and helped secure a two-year extension of SeniorCare.