Bush Scrambles to Get Discount Drug Card Back on Track
Wall Street Journal (01/28/02) p.A16; Lueck, Sarah

President Bush is attempting to jumpstart his Medicare prescription-discount card proposal, which has been temporarily blocked by a federal judge, by proposing a revised program designed to quell the concerns of pharmacists and Medicare officials. Bush is also making moves towards overhauling Medicare to include more private-sector alternatives and a drug benefit. Pharmacists and drug stores are concerned about Bush's discount prescription plan, because more than likely the burden of the discount would fall on them and not on pharmaceutical companies. Lobbying associations for drug stores assert that even with a new proposal, Bush does not have the power to enforce such a discount drug plan.


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