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Thompson keeps wandering away from the Bush Administration line:

MEDICAL PRIVACY

Thompson hinted at a delay in Clinton-era rules protecting the privacy of medical records; three days later, Bush said the guidelines would take effect on Apr. 14.

TOBACCO

Thompson says he favors regulation; the White House, which has yet to state a position on the issue, chided Thompson for speaking before the President.

HEALTH PROGRAMS

To reduce the number of uninsured, Thompson supports increased funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program, a Democratic approach; the Administration is pushing tax credits to encourage individuals to buy their own insurance.

WELFARE

Thompson advocates maintaining current funding for welfare-to-work block grants when welfare reform comes up for re-authorization. That may pit him against the House GOP.


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