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WASHINGTON - House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) released the following statement today in response to news reports that the Administration is planning to propose a plan that would force Medicare beneficiaries to join private health plans to obtain prescription drug coverage:
"Medicare is one of the most successful programs in American history. Republicans opposed its creation. And their hostility to Medicare continues today.
"The Bush Administration is preparing to roll out a plan that would force Medicare beneficiaries to join private health insurance plans to obtain coverage for prescription drugs, according to press reports today. That is simply a transparent attempt to escape from the GOP's promise to provide real prescription drug coverage for seniors.
"One-third of Medicare's 40 million beneficiaries have no prescription drug coverage at all.