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Bush Promotes Medicare Plan


President Bush has again urged senior citizens in the United States to sign up for the new Medicare prescription drug plan, saying it will help them save money on their medicines.

Mr. Bush made the comment Wednesday before a group of Asian-Americans in northern Virginia. The president said the program provides choices for seniors and noted that 29 million people nationwide have enrolled since January.

President Bush acknowledged that the number of plans available may intimidate some citizens, but insisted it is to give people a broad range of options.

He also called on the children of senior citizens to help educate their parents about the Medicare program.

The first deadline to enroll is May 15.

Democrats have said the numerous options in the plan confuse senior citizens and will cost them more money. Mr. Bush has acknowledged problems with the plan since its January debut, but says his administration has straightened them out.