Estimate of Medicare Reform Costs Balloons When President Bush's budget is released Monday, it will estimate the new Medicare overhaul law to cost a third more than projected: $540 billion, instead of a $400 billion estimate when Congress passed the bill last year. The political fallout could be significant. Hear NPR's Robert Siegel and NPR's Julie Rovner.
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When President Bush's budget is released Monday, it will estimate the new Medicare overhaul law to cost a third more than projected: $540 billion, instead of a $400 billion estimate when Congress passed the bill last year. The political fallout could be significant. Hear NPR's Robert Siegel and NPR's Julie Rovner.