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CNN LIVE EVENT/SPECIAL

Joseph Lieberman Holds Press Availability

Aired November 23, 2003 - 09:08   ET

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ANDREA KOPPEL, CNN ANCHOR: And we are going to take you now live to the floor of the U.S. Senate, where Democratic presidential candidate Joe Lieberman, senator from Connecticut, speaking right now -- actually, it looks like he's outside one of the talk shows -- about the Medicare reform bill.
SEN. JOSEPH LIEBERMAN (D-CT), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Well, I'm afraid that the impact on seniors -- some seniors will get benefits. Millions will lose benefits they have now for drug coverage. And the entire Medicare system will be under siege from Republicans who really want to privatize it.

It makes no sense to me. In fact, the cost of the private Medicare substitute plans, in the last few years, have gone up twice as much as Medicare itself has.

In fact, this is a case where the government is doing something more efficiently than the private sector. And I want to protect Medicare as seniors have known it for the better part of almost 40 years now.

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