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Democratic Party Question's Talent's Medicare Sucess Numbers

April 11, 2006
By: Kathryn Buschman
State Capital Bureau

President Bush visited Jefferson City Tuesday to promote the Medicare prescription drug act but State Auditor Claire McCaskill who is also running for U.S. Senate says that might not have been the presidents only objective. Kathryn Buschman has more from the state Capital.

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McCaskill said Tuesday that the president's stop in the state capital might not have just been about Medicare Plan D. McCaskill who is running against Republican Senator Jim Talent says she thinks all the recent executive appearances in the state indicates Talent might need some campaign help.

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Contents: I think umm (laughs) when the president, vice president, and the first lady come to your state in a week I think that's about something other than government programs."

Talent's campaign said the president's appearance was not political. From the state Capitol, I am Kathryn Buschman.

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The Missouri Democratic Party is calling into question some of the numbers U.S. Senator Jim Talent released about the success of Medicare Plan D. Kathryn Buschman has more from Jefferson City.

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The democratic party is questioning numbers the Republican U.S. senator released last month about the success of the prescription drug plan. State Auditor Claire McCaskill who is running against Talent says he is just trying to make the plan look more successful.

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Contents: "They haven't gotten much done in Washington for awhile so they're desperate to make it look like they've really done something right because so many things have been going wrong."

Vice President Cheney attended a fundraiser for Talent Monday night in Springfield. From Jefferson City I am Kathryn Buschman.

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President Bush visited Jefferson City to taut Medicare Part D Tuesday. State Auditor Claire McCaskill says the problem with the prescription drug plan is that it was written for drug companies. Kathryn Buschman has more from Jefferson City.

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McCaskill says she likes the concept of Medicare Plan D but says the current plan is too complicated and doesn't allow drug companies to negotiate for lower prescription costs.

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Contents: "Because every where I go and talk to people the majority of the people there have not signed up, they are too confused they don't know what to do."

McCaskill says that millions of Americans wont be signed up for the new plan by the May 15 deadline. From Jefferson City I'm Kathryn Buschman.