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President George W. Bush remarks on improving prescription drug coverage in Minneapolis, Minn., during a full day of discussions about strengthening America's Medicare system Thursday, July 11. White House photo by Paul Morse.

President Renews Call for Prescription Drug Coverage in Medicare

In a speech at the University of Minnesota Medical College, President Bush renewed his call for congressional action to provide prescription drug coverage and improve Medicare for seniors and persons with disabilities. The President noted that the House of Representatives took an important step toward providing af fordable drug coverage by passing legislation last month, and he urged quick action in the Senate on his framework for strengthening Medicare.

The President was accompanied by HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson, who released a HHS report on Securing the Benefits of Innovation for America's Seniors. The report presents a detailed analysis of the major improvements in health resulting from new breakthroughs in prescription drugs. It also highlights the differences in drug coverage between the private drug insurance plans in the United States and the government-controlled plans in many other countries, and the health consequences of restricted access to new drug treatments in government-controlled plans.


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