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John McCain's Record on Helping Families Facing Medical Bankruptcy: Bankrupt.
Date:7/8/2008

While Nearly Half of Bankruptcies in U.S. are Caused by Illness or Injury, McCain Turns his Back on Families Facing Financial Ruin due to Medical Problems

WASHINGTON, July 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As he campaigns this week on his economic tour, John McCain is desperately trying to convince America's families that he stands with them. But when it comes to the cost of health care, one of the most pressing economic issues Americans are facing today, it's going to be a tall order.

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While health care costs have skyrocketed and more Americans have lost their insurance, Senator McCain has repeatedly voted in the Senate to make it harder for American families who have been devastated by illnesses or injury to be protected from financial ruin. In fact, Senator McCain's record on bankruptcy issues, especially medical bankruptcy, has been one that has consistently left Americans behind. Senator McCain has voted against protecting people forced into debt due to their medical bills, against exempting families from a means test if their financial troubles were due to medical expenses and against protecting people's homes from being seized because of medical debts. Senator McCain even voted against efforts to exempt Hurricane Katrina victims from the 2005 Bankruptcy Law, and was a supporter of the 2001 and 2005 bankruptcy bills which tightened bankruptcy rules to the benefit of business interests and to the detriment of financially struggling Americans.

"John McCain's economic tour this week is yet another attempt to distract from the fact he is promising four more years of failed Bush economic and health care policies that have callously left hard-working families struggling to pay their health care bills and survive a catastrophic illness or injury," said Democratic National Committee Spokeswoman Kare
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