Vice President Al Gore met with about 150 people in a senior citizen centerin Dubuque today during the noon hour. Gore criticized his democrat opponentBill Bradley’s health care reform plan as inadequate, too expensive andunfocused. Gore says two-thirds of the spending in Bradley’s plan goes tothose who already have health insurance. Gore touts a study which concludedBill Bradley’s health reform plan would cost about one-Trillion dollars overthe next decade — and eat up the entire federal budget surplus. Bycomparison, Gore says his own health reform plan would cost aboutone-quarter of a Trillion. During a news conference yesterday in Dubuque,Gore also criticized Republican George W. Bush’s tax cut plan, saying it,too, will eat up the entire federal budget surplus.Gore also took aim at Republican budget plans that would cut the “meals onwheels” program. Gore says thousands of people depend on the program astheir only contact during the day with others. He called the cutirresponsible.Gore also makes stops today in Clinton, Davenport and Iowa City. He beginshis campaign day in Cedar Rapids tomorrow morning and then moves on to DesMoines.
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