FAINT PRAISE FOR BUSH'S MEDICARE RX PLAN

WASHINGTON -- Closer, but no cigar.Retailers are pleased that President Bush's latest Medicare prescription drug proposal gives more recognition to retail pharmacies, but supermarket executives polled by SN agreed that the plan is far from a level playing field.The framework for Bush's Medicare reform plan includes 10% to 25% savings on the cost of prescription drugs for those recipients who choose

WASHINGTON -- Closer, but no cigar.

Retailers are pleased that President Bush's latest Medicare prescription drug proposal gives more recognition to retail pharmacies, but supermarket executives polled by SN agreed that the plan is far from a level playing field.

The framework for Bush's Medicare reform plan includes 10% to 25% savings on the cost of prescription drugs for those recipients who choose to remain in the traditional Medicare program. The plan would offer cata

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