A Drug-Benefit Breakthrough?

President Bush may be making headway on the thorny issue of prescription-drug benefits for seniors by playing against type. Rather than foisting his demands on Congress--as he did with the tax cut--Bush has left it to the House and Senate to come up with a plan. Sure enough, the leading Republican and Democrat on the pivotal Senate Finance Committee last week forged a compromise that is drawing a surprising amount of support. The measure, which for the first time gives outpatient-drug benefits to 40 million Medicare recipients, isn't everything Bush wanted. While it offers incentives--larger benefits to those who join private...

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