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Capitol Health Call
December 4, 2002

Rebirth of Prescription Drug Plan?

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JAMA. 2002;288(21):2677. doi:10.1001/jama.288.21.2677

Washington—With Republicans in control of the Senate as well as the House, health policy analysts here are predicting a quick push to pass President Bush's health agenda. A look at possible action in the last weeks of the 107th Congress and the early days of the 108th follows.

When Sen Trent Lott (R, Miss) takes control of the Senate floor—the timing of that move is uncertain—a long-awaited prescription drug plan for Medicare recipients is at the top of his health care agenda. Bush stumped for the proposal during his 2000 campaign, and Lott aides have said that the new majority leader will quickly bring a bill to a vote.

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