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Bush explains Medicare drug bill, maybe [23 Jan 2006|10:44pm]

Has anyone been able to locate the source of this quote? It came over the college debate mailing list I'm on, and I spent a few minutes trying to figure out where it came from. I was only able to find other copies without attribution. Anyway, it would make a good example for Kafkaesque in the dictionary I think, if there were such a cool dictionary.

Here's to solving that red.

Bush Explains Medicare Drug Bill -- Verbatim Quote
Submitted on 2005-12-13 16:35:14

WOMAN IN AUDIENCE: 'I don't really understand. How is it the new plan going to fix the problem?'

Verbatim response: PRESIDENT BUSH:

'Because the -- all which is on the table begins to address the big cost drivers. For example, how benefits are calculated, for example, is on the table. Whether or not benefits rise based upon wage increases or price increases.

There's a series of parts of the formula that are being considered. And when you couple that, those different cost drivers, affecting those -- changing those with personal accounts, the idea is to get what has been promised more likely to be -- or closer delivered to that has been promised. Does that make any sense to you?

It's kind of muddled. Look, there's a series of things that cause the -- like, for example, benefits are calculated based upon the increase of wages, as opposed to the increase of prices. Some have suggested that we calculate -- the benefits will rise based upon inflation, supposed to wage increases. There is a reform that would help solve the red if that were put into effect. In other words, how fast benefits grow, how fast the promised benefits grow, if those -- if that growth is affected, it will help on the red.'

Hmm, another place cites it as being about Social Security reform. Suspicious. But according to that site, it was entered into the Congressional Record... from Doonesbury? which was quoting an actual speech?

Well, Snopes says it's true, and has the link to the actual transcript. Jesus.

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