Senate Begins Debate on Medicare Drug Benefit

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Congress seeks to add a prescription drug benefit to Medicare, but parties differ over the size of the program. hide caption

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The Senate launches what could be a two-week debate on a bill to add prescription drug coverage to the Medicare program. One of the major ideas being discussed is providing seniors and the disabled with the same level of coverage as members of Congress and the president receive. NPR's Julie Rovner reports.



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