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Bridge to the 21st Century

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Bridge to the 21st Century The Clinton and Bush II years In line with the theme of compassionate conservatism, Bush proposed a major overhaul  of the Social Security system that would allow individuals some discretion in investing  the taxes they paid into it. The plan aroused nearly unanimous Democratic opposition,  generated little public enthusiasm, and never got to a vote in Congress. Bush’s other  major project — the enhancement of Medicare by the addition of a voluntary  prescription drug program — proved much more popular. It appeased conservative  qualms about big government by subsidizing qualified private insurance plans, required  fairly large out-of-pocket payments from those who bought into it, but still provided real 
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Unformatted text preview: savings to elderly patients who required multiple medications. Yet, as was the case with already existing Medicare provisions, the costs of the drug program were not fully covered. It added substantially to a federal deficit that seemed uncontrollable. The growing deficit became a major issue among not simply opposition Democrats but many Republican conservatives, who thought their party was spending too freely. In addition, the difficult war in Iraq was increasingly unpopular. In the 2006 midterm elections, Republicans lost control of Congress to the opposition Democrats, who more than ever looked with confidence to the next presidential election....
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  • Fall '10
  • Prescription Drug Program, Drug Program, unanimous Democratic opposition, simply opposition Democrats, little public enthusiasm, fairly large out­of­pocket

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