The Medicare reform bill now moving toward action on the Senate floor tries to accommodate such conflicting interests that it inevitably has a patchwork quality about it. Both parties promised voters in the last election that they would do something to help the elderly pay the fast-rising cost of prescription drugs. ... The Senate Finance Committee ... approved a hybrid that blends elements of what both parties sought while trying to live within agreed-upon budget limits. The result is not pretty, but it looks like a reasonable start toward helping the 65-and-older group pay for prescription drugs without damaging the traditional Medicare program.
-New York Times