President George W. Bush is very big on "personal responsibility". He preaches it incessantly. He wants to end Social Security as we know it so that we can assume "personal responsibility" for our own retirement through our savings. He has placed restrictions on Medicaid so that welfare recipients will all have to make "co-payments" in order to gain access to medical care on the theory that this will persuade them that they are not really sick enough to require medical assistance. The highly-touted Medicare Part D will make our elders assume "personal responsibility" through requiring them to sign up as customers of the insurance companies which, again, will impose "deductibles and co-payments" so that former Medicaid patients will develop "personal responsibility" and think twice before ordering refills of their prescriptions rather than wasting their money at the grocery store.
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