JFP INDEX: Feed, Then Starve, The Beast

•Amount, in billions, of U.S. budget surplus when G. W. Bush took office: $230

•Amount of 2004 U.S. budget that's going to Medicare: $300 billion

•Number of years Medicare might last at federal expenditure level: 10-20
•Date 65,000 Mississippians are moving from state Medicaid to Medicare: Sept. 15
•Amount drug costs increased for Medicaid recipients from 1999-2003: 100%
•Year RNC Chairman Haley Barbour wrote that Medicare must be privatized to survive: 1995
•Latest year Barbour said in 1995 that Medicare should be paid for by the federal government: 2011


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