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Capitol Health Call
January 14, 2004

Medicare Reform Signed

JAMA. 2004;291(2):172. doi:10.1001/jama.291.2.172-b

On December 9, President George W. Bush signed a long-anticipated Medicare reform bill into law. Flanked by dozens of elderly supporters flown in for the elaborate ceremony, he touted the new prescription drug benefit, creation of health savings accounts for individuals, and coverage of routine physical examinations. "You are here to witness the greatest advance in health care coverage for America's seniors since the founding of Medicare," said Bush, adding, "Medicine has changed, but Medicare has not—until today."

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