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Tuesday, November 25, 2003

Senate Passes Medicare Reform Bill

"Today is an extraordinary day. Today is a fateful day. Today is a red letter day for seniors," said Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist of Tennessee, a surgeon who has made Medicare a signature issue in his first year as Republican leader.

(Red letter day, huh? You mean red like blood? Like you're going to bleed them dry?)

But Democrats accused Republicans of using a skimpy drug benefit as a Trojan horse to slip in radical changes that could lead to the privatization of the popular 38-year-old program.
The drug benefit will be sold through private insurers that Medicare will subsidize. It will not begin until 2006, after next year's presidential and congressional elections.

(Hm, won't begin until after the elections. Why do you think that is? Maybe so the damage won't touch them? Kind of like a timer on a bomb, so when it blows the culprit is nowhere near it.)