Before breaking for the Fourth of July recess, both houses of Congress
passed a Medicare prescription drug benefit by narrow margins—including
a 216-215 vote in the House of Representatives.
Lawmakers were continuing to wrangle on reconciling the two versions
of the bill, the largest expansion of Medicare since its inception in 1965.
If ultimately passed and signed by President George W. Bush, the reform will
provide two private-sector alternatives for the nation's 40 million Medicare
enrollees: they could buy additional policies solely for drugs or join preferred-provider
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