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Fox News: AARP Responds To Murtha Calling McCain Too Old For Presidency
Heather Nauert writes, "Congressman Murtha should know better than to pick on someone for their age. This week the 75 year Pennsylvania Democrat and Clinton supporter said being president 'is no old man's job,' refering to John McCain's White House run," and the accompanying job stress. Nauert continues, "Tell that to AARP. When I heard Murtha's criticism, I wondered what the folks at AARP would say so I gave them a call. Ouch, take a look..." Nauert carries an extended quote from AARP spokesman Drew Nannis, who says, "We judge people on their ability, not their age, race or gender. We don't agree with Chairman Murtha's assessment any more than we would agree if someone accused the Chairman of being too old to control the federal funding of our armed forces at a time when our nation is at war -- certainly no slouch job, either." Nannis adds, "This election has thrown out all the traditional stereotypes. Voters don't seem to care about race, age or gender, but about voting for the candidate that will address health care and financial security issues."
AP: GOA Says Administration's SCHIP Policy Violated Rule
The GAO "advised Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., that the administration's policy changes amounted to a rule that should have been submitted to Congress and the comptroller general before going into effect. Instead, the administration sent a letter to state health officials informing them of the changes they were making to the program, which it described as a clarification of existing law." In a joint statement with Sen. Olympia Snowe Rockefeller said, "CMS now has a critical choice to make: rescind the rule or continue to spend taxpayer money defending a growing list of lawsuits it is unlikely to win."
US News and World Report: Health Care Divide Between Parties Looks To Play Major Role In General Election
"While the Democratic candidates want to use government as a lever to aid the 47 million people in the U.S. without health insurance, Sen. John McCain would rely much more heavily on the free market. The likely Republican nominee has begun charging that his Democratic rivals 'want government to take over the health-care system.'" Democratic candidates' "priority is to cover all, or nearly all, the uninsured, except for several million illegal immigrants," by creating "a marketplace where people could buy coverage from private companies or the government, with subsidies for lower-income earners." McCain's plan has been criticized for a leaving out those ill with pre-existing conditions. McCain has said that those with "particularly expensive health-care needs" would be given "special subsidies administered through Medicaid, the state-run health program for the poor. But how that would work or who would qualify is unclear."

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