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McCain: Health bill won't rein in costs

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WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., says there's nothing in healthcare reform legislation backed by Democrats that will control spiraling health costs.

Speaking Saturday in the Republican Party's weekly radio address, McCain said the Senate version of the bill, which appeared to gain crucial backing from wavering moderate Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska, would "ultimately do more harm than good" because "there's nothing in this legislation that effectively addresses the problem of healthcare hyperinflation -- in fact, experts tells us the Democrat legislation makes matters worse."

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"Instead," McCain asserted, "Democrats are proposing -- in an era of high unemployment, record deficits, and national debt -- to spend $2.5 trillion on another unsustainable entitlement program. To pay part of the costs of this enormous new burden on American taxpayers, $500 billion in new tax increases will be authorized almost immediately."

McCain complained that much of the health cost savings contained in the measure will "come from cutting Medicare, including from home healthcare services and the popular Medicare Advantage program that 11 million seniors currently use."

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