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Kerry Campaigns On Health Care, Social Security in Affton

Kerry talks to seniors at a community center in Affton.

By Bill Raack, KWMU

St. Louis – Senator John Kerry brought his presidential campaign to St. Louis Friday.

The Democrat spoke to 300 senior citizens at a community center about his plan for health care, Medicare and Social Security.

Kerry says his plan would provide health care for 97 percent of all Americans, including every child in the country.

He says incentives would reduce the cost of health care by $1,000 per family and he favors importing prescription drugs from Canada.

Kerry also slammed President Bush for a plan to allow workers to take money out of social security for private investment.

"Well, we're not going to be fooled this time and I'm going to stand up and tell you to your eye, I will never privatize social security, I will never cut your benefits and I will never raise the retirement age," Kerry said.

Kerry also criticized President Bush for not doing more to extend a ban on assault weapons that's set to expire on Monday.


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