MEDICARE: SELLING A PAINFUL CURE

GINGRICH STARTS PUSHING A SKETCHY PRESCRIPTION TO SAVE THE PROGRAM, BUT WILL THE ELDERLY SWALLOW IT?

If politicians have figured out anything about medicine, it's that a bedside manner makes a difference. Hillary Clinton learned this painfully, when the postmortems on her health-care plan suggested that her high-handed style hastened its demise. Newt Gingrich is not about to make the same mistake. He has known for months that his whole grand scheme to balance the budget depends on reinventing Medicare, one of the biggest, fattest, most popular and most expensive pieces of the Federal Government. So back in the spring Gingrich began plotting his moves, all the while bearing in mind that when you are forced to...

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