Energy, Medicare and Pre-Election Politics

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In a divided Congress in a rush to adjourn and prepare for next year-s elections, Medicare reform and energy policy are finally out on the table. Republican leaders have unveiled a massive energy package, with three times more tax breaks for industries than President Bush said he wanted. Also up for last-minute debate is what-s called the biggest transformation of Medicare in 38 years, a bill to provide drug benefits for the first time, along with enormous subsidies for hospitals and private health plans. Will the last-minute legislation cut medical costs and make the nation less dependent on foreign oil? We hear from energy consultants and environmental lobbyists, advocates of prescription drugs for seniors and healthcare analysts.
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Goodridge v Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Energy Policy Act of 2003 (S 14)

Artic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR)

Prescription Drug and Medicare Improvement Act of 2003 (S 1)


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Warren Olney