Prescription Drugs: So Far, Gore Is Dr. Feelgood

Back in June, pollsters handed House Republicans some bad news. Seniors were complaining bitterly about the soaring cost of medicine, and unless the GOP countered the Democrats' plan to add a drug benefit to Medicare, they could kiss their majority goodbye in November. So on June 28, Republicans pushed a bill through the House that would enable the elderly to buy private drug insurance. Such quick GOP action is now helping to blunt Democratic attacks, says pollster Glen Bolger, in races such as the one in New Mexico's first district. There, incumbent Representative Heather A. Wilson (R-N.M.) is fighting challenger John Kelly, a former U.S. attorney. Says Bolger: "Republicans who have been aggressive on the issue have done well."

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