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Coleman aide won’t side with McCain’s health care plan.

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The Center for American Progress Action Fund reported last month that 3.1 million Minnesotans could lose their employer health benefits under Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) health care plan, which would also lead to “major reductions to Medicare and Medicaid.” Recently, Luke Friedrich, an aide to Sen. Norm Coleman (R-MN), was asked four times whether Coleman supports McCain’s plan. Each time, he refused to back McCain, only claiming that Coleman “is aligned with Senator Coleman’s plan”:

FRIEDRICH: Well, Senator Coleman is aligned with Senator Coleman’s plan and I think that’s the point that I want to make here. […]

Q: If Senator McCain’s bill came up for a vote, how would the Senator vote on it?

FRIEDRICH: Again, it would depend on what was in the bill. … I’m sure, some things that will line up. I mean, they are both pretty comprehensive plans. I’m sure there are some things that line up from Senator Obama’s plan as well.

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The Wonk Room has more on the Bush administration’s plan to cut Medicaid for 18,000 low-income parents in Minnesota.