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Medicare Bill / Prescription Drugs #742453

CNN Evening News for Monday, Nov 24, 2003
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(Studio: Carol Lin) House passage of the Medicare bill noted.

(Capitol Hill: Jonathan Karl) The Medicare legislation that will provide new prescription drug benefits for senior citizens examined; details given of the opposition from both liberals & conservatives to the changes in the Medicare system & of the tenets of the bill. [Senators Bill FRIST, Edward KENNEDY, Orrin HATCH, Judd GREGG - offer views on the Medicare bill.] The prospects for Medicare to be an issue in the 2004 presidential election noted. The huge role of the AARP in the legislation discussed.

(Studio: Carol Lin) Report introduced.

(White House: John King) The view of the Medicare bill held by President Bush examined; statistics cited on the cost of the Medicare & energy bills & on the return of the budget deficit. [BUSH - says the system will be better; talks defense spending.] [Heritage Foundation Robert MOFFIT†- states the cost case against the bill.] The politics of how Bush can sustain the arguments about the reasons for the deficit discussed.

Lin, Carol;
Karl, Jonathan;
King, John

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