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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