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The Medicare Morass: Many seniors upset about changes to federal program
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The Medicare Morass: Many seniors upset about changes to federal program

BY DAVID BATES

Alan Meyer followed news reports, wrote letters to newspapers and made sure that Sens. Ron Wyden, Gordon Smith and Rep. David Wu all knew what he thought of the Medicare legislation Oregon's congressional delegation was about to vote on. Then, after lawmakers approved the Medicare bill the week before Thanksgiving and President Bush signed it Monday, the Newberg retiree threw up his arms. Then he threw out his AARP membership card, angry that the nation's largest lobbying group for the elderly had endorsed the package.

12/14/2003
Max Pappas: Medicare Radio Interview in St. Louis
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Max Pappas: Medicare Radio Interview in St. Louis

I just finished a forty minute interview on WGNU-St. Louis, DriveTime Live with Susan Smith-Harmon and Nick Kasoff. We talked about the Medicare bill and they gave me plenty of opportunities to talk about the need to bring market forces to bear on the provision of health care. There were several phone calls.

12/12/2003
Nightly Business Report
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Nightly Business Report

BY Paul Kangas, Susie Gharib

PAUL KANGAS, NIGHTLY BUSINESS REPORT ANCHOR: The blue chips close at their highest point this year as investors bet the Federal Reserve will keep interest rates at their lowest level in years. The Dow gains more than 102 points. The NASDAQ closes up 11. SUSIE GHARIB, NIGHTLY BUSINESS REPORT ANCHOR: The new Medicare bill is now the law of the land. President Bush signs the landmark measure, calling it the greatest advance in health care since the program began. But opponents are calling it a hoax.

12/08/2003
Chuck Hagel: This measure will not strengthen Medicare
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Press Release

Chuck Hagel: This measure will not strengthen Medicare

This op-ed was originally published on Wednesday, November 26, 2003, in the Omaha World Herald. The writer, a Republican, is Nebraska's senior U.S. senator. I voted against the Medicare reform bill because it will not strengthen Medicare and does not responsibly address the need for prescription drug coverage. It will add trillions of dollars onto Medicare's current $13.5 trillion in unfunded liabilities for future generations. I voted against this for reasons different from those of many of my Democratic colleagues.

12/03/2003
SENATE: CSE Key Votes NO on H.R. 1, the “Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003.”
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SENATE: CSE Key Votes NO on H.R. 1, the “Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003.”

Dear Senator, On behalf of the more than 300,000 members of Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE), I urge you to vote NO on the Conference Report on H.R. 1, the “Medicare Prescription Drug Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003.” In 2020, Medicare’s spiraling costs are projected to eat up 20 percent of all income tax revenue. The current fee-for-service Medicare program is unsustainable, and this proposal will accelerate the Medicare crisis.

11/24/2003
SENATE: CSE Key Votes NO on H.R. 1, the “Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003.”
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SENATE: CSE Key Votes NO on H.R. 1, the “Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003.”

Dear Senator, On behalf of the more than 300,000 members of Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE), I urge you to vote NO on the Conference Report on H.R. 1, the “Medicare Prescription Drug Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003.” In 2020, Medicare’s spiraling costs are projected to eat up 20 percent of all income tax revenue. The current fee-for-service Medicare program is unsustainable, and this proposal will accelerate the Medicare crisis.

11/24/2003
U.S. House aims for Medicare drug vote
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U.S. House aims for Medicare drug vote

BY Joanne Kenen

WASHINGTON, Nov 21 (Reuters) - With some crucial conservatives still vowing to defy Republican leaders and vote 'no', the U.S. House of Representatives opened debate on Friday on sweeping legislation to overhaul the Medicare health program for the elderly. The legislation, a priority of President George W. Bush as he prepares to seek re-election next year, would add a prescription drug benefit to Medicare and introduce far-reaching reforms to restrain costs and expand the role of private managed-care plans in caring for the elderly.

11/21/2003
Division on the Right
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Division on the Right

BY Ramesh Ponnuru

No conservative can be happy about giving at least $400 billion in additional taxpayer funding to an entitlement program. Many conservatives would have been willing to go along with the expansion of Medicare if they thought that the program would simultaneously be reformed in a major way. Most conservatives outside Congress don't believe that the current Medicare bill offers nearly enough reform. Accordingly, it is being opposed by the Heritage Foundation, the Cato Institute, Citizens for a Sound Economy, the Wall Street Journal, National Review, and other conservative organizations. A few brave Republican congressmen, notably Reps. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and Mike Pence of Indiana, have also declared their opposition.

11/21/2003
An Open Letter to Congress on the Final Medicare Prescription Drug Legislation
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An Open Letter to Congress on the Final Medicare Prescription Drug Legislation

Dear Congress: The undersigned groups are strongly opposed to the final Medicare prescription drug legislation and urge all Members to vote "no." While there are many bad elements of this bill, among the most reckless are: - Adding to Medicare's Unfunded Liabilities. Medicare is already projected to go bankrupt. Nonetheless, this bill will unconscionably add hundreds of billions of dollars in unfunded liabilities to the program.

11/20/2003
Politics and Policy This Week
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Politics and Policy This Week

Hurricane Isabel Shutters Congress

09/18/2003

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