President Bush signaled that he plans to become more active in the Medicare reform debate, using his weekly radio address Saturday to tout his Medicare plan. Bush also will travel to Chicago this week to push the plan, which would involve the private sector to a greater degree than a proposal put forth last week by Senate Finance Committee leaders. In his radio address, Bush repeated the administration's theme that Medicare beneficiaries content with the program shouldn't be forced to change, but those who want additional benefits should have the choice of a private contractor. The finance committee is scheduled to debate its bill this week. Should the bill pass, it will go to the full Senate. The House is expected to release its proposal later this month. -- by Jeff Tieman
Bush renews push for Medicare reform
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