Whether reality will resonate inside the Beltway is an open question. At press time, the Senate had voted down any move to
overturn the ban on price negotiations, while the House had passed legislation requiring them. The shadow of a Bush veto hung
over the exercise. Both sides have their points, but the only thing they seem to agree on is that keeping a polarizing issue
alive is in every pol's best interest. With the 2008 campaign starting yesterday, rhetoric pitting "price controls" against
"sick seniors" is rich enough to sink your teeth into.