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2006-01-20 18:20:00

By David Lawder WASHINGTON -- Patients, pharmacists, physicians and state officials expressed extreme frustration over foul-ups with the new Medicare drug benefit on Friday, urging lawmakers to simplify a plan they called confusing and fraught with potentially life-threatening problems. Hundreds of thousands of elderly and disabled Americans have encountered difficulties obtaining prescription drugs since the new Medicare Part D program went into effect January 1, and many were being turned...

2005-10-21 00:59:38

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A senior House Democrat said documents from Carnival Corp. show the cruise line company is making more money leasing ships to the U.S. government for Hurricane Katrina relief than it earns from their normal use, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday. In a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, Rep. Henry Waxman of California said he uncovered information that may undercut Carnival's defense of its $236 million contract to provide emergency...

2005-07-27 19:49:09

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - House Majority Leader Tom DeLay quietly slipped into the energy bill a $1.5 billion fund for oil and natural gas drilling research that will benefit an energy consortium based in his home district, a California Democrat said on Wednesday. The measure was criticized as a "giveaway to one of the most profitable industries in America," by Rep. Henry Waxman, who demanded that the fund be dropped from the legislation before a House vote on the energy bill on Thursday. The...


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  • A terrible or repulsive person.
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