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President Bush has helped Americans receive the health care they need at a price they can afford, while empowering beneficiaries to make their own decisions to best meet their health needs. These programs have been a great success for our Nation's Medicare beneficiaries. More than 25 million are in the new Part D program, either through a stand-alone drug plan or through a Medicare Advantage drug plan, in which beneficiaries receive benefits through private health insurance.
The changes, the biggest since the current payment system was adopted inare meant to improve the accuracy of payment rates. But doctors, hospitals and patient groups say the effects could be devastating. Federal officials said that biases and distortions in the current system had created financial incentives for hospitals to treat certain patients, on whom they could make money, and to avoid others, who were less profitable.
This article examines the history of efforts to add prescription drug coverage to the Medicare program. It identifies several important patterns in policymaking over four decades. First, prescription drug coverage has usually been tied to the fate of broader proposals for Medicare reform.
As the White House buzzed with preparations for the State of the Union address and some allies protested the administration's march toward war in Iraq, President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney pulled up their chairs on Monday for their weekly lunch. Their privacy was sacrosanct, administration officials said: No one but the steward was allowed in the small dining room off the Oval Office. Afterward, as usual, Mr.
Medicare is planning to slash its payments for some innovative and frequently used outpatient procedures, including the implanting of pacemakers such as the one Vice President Dick Cheney got in June to keep his heart rhythm steady. The proposed cutbacks, which would cover devices and drugs, are driven by a congressional edict to limit spending on high-tech medical care in an attempt to restrain soaring costs for outpatient treatments. Congressional and industry sources say the federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services will issue new rules within the next few days.
Zell Miller, D-Georgia, were the only two senators to cross party lines in the tie vote. The amendment was offered to counter a Democratic measure to take money from the tax cut and shift it to funding prescription drug coverage for Medicare recipients. Cheney is expected to be on hand for tiebreaking votes throughout the week as the Senate debates and votes on amendments to the president's budget framework.
Bill is a saint! His insights into the American process is fantastic. I am so glad he is still speaking out for the underdogs. As he has for years.
Congress, not the president, controls the purse strings, and 2. Their hands are stained in red ink just as much as, if not more than, his. Just ask House Speaker Paul Ryan, who has been salivating at the prospect of whacking entitlements for years.