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July 7, 2005

This week on NOW:

With the US government projecting a $426 billion deficit this year, critics are blaming some of the red ink on the Medicare prescription drug benefit, which President Bush signed into law in December 2003. In 2004, when NOW first reported on the story, the original cost of the bill had ballooned from $400 billion to $534 billion. Where does it stand today? On Friday, July 8, 2005 at 9 P.M. on PBS (check local listings), NOW looks at what the Medicare law is costing America and reports on developments in two other key issues it has examined in the past including: the controversy surrounding treatment of detainees at Guantanamo; and the remarkable Earth Conservation Corps, which is transforming the lives of young people while cleaning up one of America’s poorest neighborhoods.

In Depth

Drug bottles

Medicare Update

Medicare Q and A

Medicare Resource Map

Barbed Wire
Guantanamo Update

Guantanamo, The Supreme Court and Prisoner's Rights

Prisoner Policies and Documents


Earth Conservation Corps Update

The Earth Conservation Corps

Get Started Volunteering


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Medicare Update (6:50)

Guantanamo Update (7:58)

Earth Conservation Corps Update (7:29)


Medicare Update
Producer: Candice Waldron
Editor: Larry Goldfine

Guantanmo Update
Producer: Na Eng
Editor: David Kreger

Earth Conservation Corps Update
Producer: Karla Murthy
Editor: Andrew Fredericks

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