What's Best For The Patient?

Bush and Kennedy bonded on education, but their alliance didn't last. Now they're going to war over the patients' bill of rights. Who's winning--and can this marriage be saved?

For months, George W. Bush and Ted Kennedy were Washington's Odd Couple--the Texas conservative and the Massachusetts liberal who had teamed up and become something like friends. They swapped stories, watched a movie, got things done. Just two weeks ago, the Republican President phoned the Democratic Senator to congratulate him on the education bill they had maneuvered through Congress together. But if one week is a long time in politics, two weeks is an eternity. The Odd Couple has split up, because Washington has resumed its four-year war over the patients' bill of rights. The issue: How much power should government...

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