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Capitol Health Call
April 2, 2003

Bush Touts Medicare Plan . . .

JAMA. 2003;289(13):1625. doi:10.1001/jama.289.13.1625-a

On March 4, President George W. Bush joined American Medical Association (AMA) President Yank D. Coble Jr, MD, to announce the latest iteration of his administration's plans for Medicare reform.

"We're going to seize the moment to enhance reform and reach the vision that will improve health care," said Bush at the AMA's National Advocacy Conference in Washington, DC .

Bush's Medicare plan would give beneficiaries the option of joining private health maintenance organizations (HMOs) or remaining in the current fee-for-service plan. Those who stay with the current system would receive limited assistance with prescription drug costs; the General Accounting Office estimates those savings at $3.50 per prescription.

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