Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Senator McCain supports repealing Medicare Drug Benefit

From Redstate.org:

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) talks about dropping the prescription drug benefit program:

CBS' Borger: "Senator John McCain told us today that cutting pork barrel isn't enough. Now he wants to eliminate one of the president's key accomplishmnents, a new law providing prescription drug benefits to seniors and it's not going to make the White House happy."

McCain: "We've got to go back and look at the Medicare prescription drug bill. It was supposed to cost $400 billion. It's now up to $700 billion. We ought to cancel it. Go back to square one and get prescription drugs to the truly needy."

Borger: "Cancel it? There are some people saying put this off for a year? But you're saying it cancel it?"

McCain: "I'm saying it was a bad idea to start with."

Borger: "What do you say to seniors?"

McCain: "I'm saying we're going to come up with a simpler, easier way. Those of you who are below the poverty line, we're going to give you a piece of paper you take to your druggist and get your prescription drug. For the rest of you, we're going to work it out."

Borger: "What does this do to Social Security reform then?"

McCain: "I think we all know that Social Security reform is off the table right now. Look, everything's changed. We didn't anticipate around $200 billion expenditure of taxpayer dollars a month ago ("Evening News," CBS, 9/19).


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