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Thursday, January 15, 2004  

Dear senior citizen: you are being screwed with propaganda about Medicare

"Senate Democratic leader Tom Daschle accused the Bush administration Wednesday of sending seniors propaganda rather than explanations about changes in the Medicare program...Daschle was reacting to a two-page fact sheet that Health and Human Services Department officials said would be the basis of a letter sent to 40 million older and disabled Americans who participate in the government health insurance program...

"Recently, President Bush and Congress worked together to pass a new law to bring people with Medicare more choices in health care coverage and better health care benefits," the fact sheet says. "This new law preserves and strengthens the current Medicare program."

"Daschle, D-S.D., challenged just about every word in those sentences. 'This is just a piece of propaganda that I believe has no business being paid for by the American taxpayer,' he said from Sioux Falls, S.D., in an interview with several reporters... Daschle and Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., sent HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson a letter Wednesday asking him to provide the cost of the mailing and to obtain an independent evaluation of the letter before it is sent.

posted by Anjali Taneja | 1/15/2004 08:06:00 PM | |


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