Congress, today, overrode Pres Bush's veto and passed H.R. 6331, a bill originally designed to delay a scheduled decrease in Medicare reimbursements that became so packed with Congressional fodder it was guaranteed to be vetoed by the administration. Doctors now anticipate a reimbursement increase instead of a sizable decrease. Regardless of how long this obfuscation takes or how dark it becomes, Medicare's insolvency is assured, unless some group accepts a loss to save the nation. After Medicare's passage in 1965, Sen Karl Mundt (R-SD) described it as, another step toward destroying the independence and self-reliance in America. As it was in 1965, Congress' victory today is America's failure tomorrow.
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