Magazine article Drug Topics

Gore and Bush Ready to Battle over RX Coverage and Prices

Magazine article Drug Topics

Gore and Bush Ready to Battle over RX Coverage and Prices

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Prescription drugs seem a sure bet to provide campaign fodder for the Presidential candidates as the race to the White House enters the stretch run. That's because the likelihood of Republicans and Democrats setting aside their partisan differences and joining hands with President Clinton to enact a Medicare Rx benefit before Nov. 7 appears remote.

Texas governor George W Bush, the Republican standard-bearer, has yet to spell out details of his Medicare Rx benefit. In his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia, Bush said his administration would set Medicare "on firm financial ground and make prescription drugs available and affordable for every senior who needs them." Speaking before the acceptance speech at the convention Aug. 3, Sen. William Frist of Tennessee emphasized the innovation of the pharmaceutical industry and suggested that it could be in jeopardy without a Republican at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Frist said that on Bush's "watch ... government regulation will not be permitted to smother the spark of innovation that yields medical miracles. President George W Bush will ignite that spark into a flame."

Vice President Al Gore, the Democratic Party's Presidential nominee, has made Rx drug coverage a major part of his campaign, visiting pharmacies to highlight the expense of Rxs for seniors. …

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