A Dose of Stronger Medicine

Congress adds to the health plan -- but not with Pepper

For Anna Price of Washington, catastrophic health care means looking after her husband James, 78, a retired federal worker who has suffered for ten years from Alzheimer's disease. He can neither bathe nor dress himself. She frets about him constantly, and about how she will pay the doctor and the sitter who comes twice a week so she can go out to buy groceries. Even the $25 a month she pays for diaper-like underpants for her incontinent husband is a drain on ( their dwindling life savings, now less than $10,000.

Last week the Senate took a sizable step to ease...

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