Back in 2006, President Bush and Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt talked with reporters during a trip to Florida, where Bush spoke to volunteers helping seniors sign up for the Medicare prescription drug benefit. Mike Stocker/AP hide caption

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They're back: Cheaper mail-order medications from Canada and other foreign lands. hide caption

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A billboard advertising robotic surgery hangs outside Boston's Fenway Park in 2009. Hospitals and doctors have heavily promoted robotic surgery. Charles Krupa/AP hide caption

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How does the doctor decide what to write on the prescription pad? hide caption

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Patients wait in line at Nuestra Clinica Del Valle in San Juan, Texas, in September 2012 file photo. A study released on Wednesday finds that immigrants, particularly noncitizens, heavily subsidize Medicare, and that policies that restrict immigration may deplete Medicare's financial resources. Eric Gay/AP hide caption

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Average hospital charges for a major joint replacement, such as an artificial hip, vary widely, as this map from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services shows. HHS hide caption

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Seniors in the Southeast were much more likely to be prescribed more than one high-risk medications in 2009. Danya Qato and Amal Trivedi/Alpert Medical School, Brown University hide caption

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President Obama's budget plan for fiscal year 2014 may include a proposal for Medicare patients to pay more of their own medical bills. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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President Obama in Denver on Wednesday. Jewel Samad /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Scooter Store ads are ubiquitous. PR Newswire hide caption

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