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Budget Appears to Double Costs of Medicare Drug Plan

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Budget Appears to Double Costs of Medicare Drug Plan

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Budget Appears to Double Costs of Medicare Drug Plan

Budget Appears to Double Costs of Medicare Drug Plan

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When Congress passed the Medicare Modernization Act, lawmakers were told it would cost no more than $400 billion over 10 years. The budget President Bush sent to Congress Monday estimates the cost of a prescription drug benefit for seniors at $350 billion over the next five years. Democrats argue the final cost will surpass $900 billion over the next decade.