Kerry Promises Lower Medicare Costs

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In Wisconsin, Democrat Sen. John Kerry promises retirees that he would do more than President Bush to protect them from escalating Medicare costs.

In a report leaked to USA Today, the federal government now estimates that seniors will spend more than one-third of their Social Security checks on Medicare premiums and out-of-pocket expenses in 2006. Kerry and congressional Democrats charge that the administration deliberately tried to withhold the information.

The Bush campaign retorted that Kerry has voted repeatedly to raise taxes on seniors. NPR's Scott Horsley reports.



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