Senate Approves Medicare Overhaul

Sen. Bill Frist and Sen. Max Baucus

In a bipartisan showing, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) and Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) talk to reporters after Monday's Medicare vote. Reuters hide caption

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In a 54-44 vote, the Senate approves the most sweeping changes to Medicare in the program's 38-year history. The $400 billion bill adds a prescription drug benefit to Medicare and encourages private-sector competition. The bill's passage is seen as a key political victory for President Bush. Hear NPR's Bob Edwards and NPR's David Welna.

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