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NO Medicare Would be Better

August 5, 2003  - Posted at 7:22 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.  --U-S Representative Marion Berry says the nation's seniors would be better off with NO Medicare prescription drug benefit than anything Congress is now considering.

The only licensed pharmacist in Congress, the Democrat from Arkansas says he would rather the debate continue.

The House and the Senate each passed bills to offer prescription drug coverage under federal Medicare. The Senate bill, however, doesn't include coverage for Medicare patients who also receive Medicaid, the joint federal-state health program for poor people.

 Senator Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas and six other senators said last week they feared differences between the House and Senate bills (quote) ``could jeopardize passage of a final bill.''

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