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Medicare Drug Bill / Congress #731843

CNN Evening News for Friday, Jun 27, 2003
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(Studio: Aaron Brown) House vote to expand Medicare coverage to prescription drugs reported.

(Capitol Hill: Jonathan Karl) The Congressional debate over the drug bill examined; details given of the differences & similarities in the House & Senate bills. [Representatives Tom DeLAY, Richard BURR - talk about the drug bill.] [President BUSH - calls for Congress to get a bill to his desk.] [Senate majority leader Bill FRIST - comments.] The opposition of the Democratic presidential candidates {except Senator Joseph Lieberman} to both the House & Senate bills noted.

(Studio: Aaron Brown) The reaction of seniors to the prescription drug bills noted. [86-year-old Medicare member Soni GREENMAN†- says her only income is Social Security, so cannot meet her prescription drug costs for her various ailments; worries that she may outlive her money.] [AARP policy director John ROTHER†- cites the "donut hole" in the bills.]

Brown, Aaron;
Karl, Jonathan

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