Congressional Democrats are pushing a broader proposal to cover 80 percent of prescriptions for all Medicare recipients. Bush promised a Medicare overhaul in his campaign, but maintains that the quickest way to help the most vulnerable seniors pay for medicine is to give money to the states to fund their own drug-assistance programs.
Martha Beery takes 25 pills every day. The 87-year-old woman, who broke her back in 1999, has osteoporosis and emphysema. She spends her days at her daughter’s house breathing with the aid of an oxygen tank.