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Capitol Health Call
March 8, 2006

Bush Agenda Criticized

JAMA. 2006;295(10):1112. doi:10.1001/jama.295.10.1112-b

In the Democratic response to Bush's State of the Union Address, Virginia governor Tim Kaine spent some time criticizing the president's approach to US medicine.

“Look at what's happening in health care,” Kaine said. “Skyrocketing costs are hurting small businesses and pushing millions of working Americans into the ranks of the uninsured.”

Kaine focused on health program budget cuts by the president and Congress and the confusion surrounding the Medicare prescription drug benefit that just went into effect. “The White House has made efforts to cut Medicaid funds for our most vulnerable citizens,” Kaine said. “Our seniors were promised that the new federal Medicare drug plan would make it easier and cheaper to obtain their medication. Instead, many have fallen victim to the program's poor planning. They find getting their medicine to be more complex, more expensive, and less reliable.”