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Reid Spokesman: McCain Amendment A 'Big Fat Wet Kiss' To The Insurance Industry

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In addition to running for President on a campaign of Medicare cuts, McCain has long cast himself as the scourge of pork-barrel spending. And while over-payments to private insurers aren't earmarks in a technical sense, the meaning won't be lost to observers on the Hill. Still, don't expect the GOP to lay off the flip flops on this issue any time soon.