Administration offers rules to enact Medicare law
Robert Pear, New York Times
July 27, 2004 MEDI0727
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Bush administration proposed rules on Monday to carry out the sweeping new Medicare law, and it said that nearly 11 million of the 41 million beneficiaries would receive comprehensive drug benefits at virtually no cost.
In issuing the proposals, Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson took a swipe at Democrats who have opposed the Medicare law. After years of unfulfilled promises by Democrats, Thompson said, "it took George Bush and a Republican-led Congress to act."