Bush tells Republicans to promote drug benefit on campaign trail

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The Medicare prescription drug benefit is emerging as a hot top on the campaign trail. While the Democrats said they would change major aspects of the benefit, the Republicans are trying to promote it.

Republicans should tout the Medicare prescription drug benefit prior to Election Day in November, President Bush said recently. Seniors think it's a great program, he said. Republican candidates should be traveling to seniors centers reminding them of the program's success.

Meanwhile, Democrats have said they would change the benefit if they win back Congress. Medicare should have the ability to negotiate directly with pharmaceutical companies for discounts on medications, a practice currently banned under federal law, they said. Medicare also should offer one or more drug plans administered by the federal government, rather than private health insurers.