President Bush has urged recipients of Medicare, the national health care program for seniors, to sign up for a new prescription drug program.
In a broadcast on U.S. radio Saturday, Mr. Bush said the prescription drug program is the greatest advance in health care for U.S. seniors since the introduction of Medicare itself 40 years ago.
He said the new benefit will help pay for preventative medication that costs far less than the price of treating a serious illness. He said the days of making painful sacrifices to pay for prescription drugs are now over.
Mr. Bush also urged friends and family of the elderly to help their loved ones enroll, by gathering information, making a phone call, or helping them to fill out forms.