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Bush's Social Security Snake Oil Road Show Not Working, So Bush Will Now Hawk Medicare To Wary Seniors

18 June 2005 at 8:38:11 AM

Watch out, world. Here comes another wave of Bush's Propaganda Show.

We recall that Bush's administration broke the law when it threatened to fire Medicare's Chief Actuary if he told Congress the real cost of the medicare pharmaceutical program.  We also recall that the Bush administration illegally used taxpayer funds to create fake news spots that were sent to television stations that were actually propaganda for Medicare.We also recall that a congressman was offered a bribe for passing the bill. Who benefited? Drug companies.

Seniors are not signing up for the Medicare card for a number of good reasons. They may not be eligible. Once they get the card, they're locked into only dealing with that company, which can raise drug prices without warning. Medicare drug payments may impact food stamps.

With his campaign to overhaul Social Security showing signs of losing steam, President Bush shifted his focus on Friday to a new one: getting wary seniors to sign up for a Medicare prescription drug program.
The White House spokesman, whose brother is the Medicare administrator, said Bush would hold a Social Security event next week and would "continue pushing" after that for creation of private accounts, brushing aside reports that even fellow Republicans in Congress were abandoning the idea. (Additional reporting by Caren Bohan)

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Bush went to Maple Grove, Minnesota on Friday and made no mention of his doomed social security plan. Protesters were ready for him.


Outside the community center, though, scores of demonstrators greeted Bush's motorcade with placards bearing slogans such as "Hands off my Social Security." Recent polls have found that two in three Americans oppose Bush's plan to allow younger workers to create private investment accounts within Social Security. He has not proposed to change benefits for current retirees.

Groups elsewhere in the Twin Cities on Friday signaled that debate on Medicare and Social Security will follow Bush as he stumps across the nation trying to focus attention on the drug benefit that he signed into law in 2003.

Chanting "Keep Bush away from our retirement pay," about 200 demonstrators rallied at the state Capitol rotunda as the president arrived in Minnesota. They linked Social Security to Medicare, saying Bush's plan would weaken both programs. Some expressed suspicion that Bush was using Medicare to divert attention from the Social Security controversy. Jim Johnson, 48, of Eagan, said he was drawn to the state Capitol rally to counter what he called the "smoke and mirrors" of Bush's appearance in Maple Grove.

Other critics are taking issue with Medicare changes that Bush touted during his reelection campaign as one of his top domestic policy achievements.

The American Medical Association launched radio ads this week, beginning in Texas, featuring an announcer who warns that a scheduled 26 percent cut in Medicare payments for physicians' services will force doctors to limit the numbers of patients they can serve.

Rep. Martin Sabo, a Minnesota Democrat, complained Friday that Bush should have addressed looming Medicare funding shortfalls. "The long-term solvency of Medicare is the issue we should be working on, not just prescription drug benefits," Sabo said in a statement.

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