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Discount drugs for elderly is key part of Bush plan

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Older Americans would get pharmacy discount cards next year under a White House proposal aimed at providing quick relief from high prescription drug costs.

President Bush will announce the pharmacy discounts later this week, a White House official said late Tuesday, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The announcement will be one component of a broad outline of Medicare reform principles Bush plans to unveil late this week.

Bush proposed as a candidate to create a $158 billion plan to cover prescription drugs for the elderly poor and subsidize choice in drug plans for other Medicare beneficiaries.