Stating the Obvious

February 2006
New Republic;2/13/2006, Vol. 234 Issue 5, p9
This article comments on U.S. President George W. Bush's lack of focus on healthcare in his 2006 State of the Union address. Bush claimed that the U.S. is providing health care for the poor and elderly, yet tens of thousands of the poor and elderly have been turned away from pharmacies because of Bush's Medicare drug benefit (which Bush did not mention in his speech). Bush is also about the sign a bill that will cut spending on Medicaid and result in tens of thousands of children losing their coverage. At the same time, the bill preserves a $22 billion Medicare subsidy for the insurance industry.


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