One could argue that the M.M.A was passed in 2003 because of the spirit of bipartisanship that then prevailed, particularly between President Bush and the late Senator Edward Kennedy. One could also argue that nostalgia for such bipartisanship is somewhat misplaced.
And how was this vast new entitlement for the elderly financed?Were taxes raised specifically to finance the bill? They were not. Was federal spending elsewhere cut specifically to finance the bill? It was not.
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