Entitlement Politics

September 19, 2011 - 3:55 AM
FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2003, file photo President George W. Bush greets applauding Congressional leaders as he signs into law the Medicare prescription drug benefit at the Daughters of the American Revolution's Constitution Hall in Washington. Deficit hawks note the inconsistency of 2012 Republican presidential candidates who say they'll try to repeal President Barack Obama's health overhaul, but nod to another massive health care entitlement with unfunded future costs of over $7 trillion created by Republicans. From left to right: Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, Senate Majority Leader Sen. Bill Frist, R-Tenn., Speaker of the House of Representatives Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., President Bush, and Sen. John Breaux, D-La., partially obscured, and House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)