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At a Glance
 Main Medicare Provisions
Roll Call Votes
 Senate (Nov. 25, 2003)
 House (Nov. 22, 2003)
The Medicare Endgame
 Medicare Briefing (Congressional Quarterly)
 Track Legislation: CQ keeps up with Medicare reform and other hot bills before Congress this week.
 Video : During a speech in Las Vegas, Nevada, President Bush praised the Medicare bill as the most sweeping change to the program since its creation in 1965.
 Video : Senate Majority Bill Frist said the Senate's approval of Medicare bill means that Seniors "will finally have the prescription drug coverage they need and
 Video : Senate Minority Leader Thomas Daschle predicted that seniors will find problems with the bill.
 MSNBC Video : The Post's Ceci Connolly discusses Medicare politics.
Commentary & Opinion
 Anne Applebaum : Medicare: Malaise . . .
 Norman Ornstein : . . . And Mischief
 E. J. Dionne Jr. : The Democrats Take a Dive
 Robert J. Samuelson : Medicare as Pork Barrel
 E.J. Dionne Jr. : Medicare Monstrocity
 Sens. Diane Feinstein and Don Nickles : A Dose of Reform
 John O. Fox : The Wrong Prescription
 David S. Broder : Obstacles To a Medicare Victory
 Post Editorial : The Grand Finale
 Post Editorial : On Balance, No
 Post Editorial : Unnecessary Measures
 Post Editorial : Medicare Impasse
Live Discussions
 Transcript : The Washington Post's David S. Broder discussed the Medicare bill and its effect on the 2004 elections.
 Transcript: Congressional Quarterly's Kate Schuler and Mary Agnes Carey discussed the Medicare bill.
Rising Medical Costs Worry Pentagon, Hill
Confronting medical costs that have doubled in four years, military officials and congressional leaders said yesterday that the Pentagon needs to rethink the generous coverage it provides or risk making sacrifices in other areas of the Defense Department budget.

Disparities Cited for Medicare Drug Benefit
The prescription drug benefit available next year will cost senior citizens an average of $722 annually, but retirees with chronic conditions such as diabetes and heart disease can expect to pay about double that amount and face gaps in their coverage, a new study finds.

Md. Top Medicare Official Is Placed on Leave
The state Board of Physicians accused Sean R. Tunis of unprofessional conduct and making false statements about his credentials.

In the News
Medicare Monthly Premium Rising To $89.20 in 2006 (Post, April 1, 2005)

Report Emphasizes Shortfall in Medicare (Post, March 24, 2005)

Greenspan Warns of Economic Stagnation: Future Social Security Benefit Cuts Urged (Post, March 3, 2005)

Officials Defend Cost of Medicare Drug Benefit: Importation, Negotiation Ideas Rejected (Post, Feb. 17, 2005)

After Bush Leaves Office, His Budget's Costs Balloon (Post, Feb. 14, 2005)

President Vows to Veto Any Changes To Medicare: As Cost Estimates Rise, Bush Defends Program (Post, Feb. 12, 2005)

Democrats Call for Medicare Drug Inquiry (Post, Feb. 10, 2005)

Medicare Drug Benefit May Cost $1.2 Trillion: Estimate Dwarfs Bush's Original Price Tag (Post, Feb. 9, 2005)

Bush Promotes Health Savings Accounts: He Says Plan Would Cut Insurance Costs and Increase Patient Responsibility (Post, Jan. 27, 2005)

Millions to Be Automatically Enrolled in Medicare Drug Plan (Post, Jan. 22, 2005)

Medicare To Cover Cardiac Device: Plan Raises Issue Of Line Between Care and Research (Post, Jan. 20, 2005)

Kennedy Exhorts Democrats on Social Programs (Post, Jan. 13, 2005)

In GOP, Resistance On Social Security: Bush Plan Raises Fear of Voter Anger (Post, Jan. 11, 2005)

Three Ounces Of Prevention: New Medicare Screening Benefits Kick In (Post, Jan. 4, 2005)

U.S. to Buy German Flu Vaccine: Report on Obtaining Cheaper Drugs Abroad to Miss Deadline (Post, Dec. 8, 2004)

Congress Is Losing Leaders and Unifiers: More Than 4 Dozen Members to Depart (Post, Nov. 21, 2004)

Social Security Payments to Rise 2.7 Percent: Higher Medicare Premiums Cancel Half of Increase (Post, Oct. 20, 2004)

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