Santorum: Medicare drug benefit vote a 'mistake'

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum (R) called his 2006 vote for the Medicare prescription drug benefit a mistake on "Fox News Sunday."

Santorum said Republicans made a key error in making the bill's benefits universal through a compromise with Democrats when only 15 percent of seniors were unable to get prescription drugs. 

"I would say that that was a mistake," Santorum said. "President Bush compromised with the Democrats to provide a universal benefit. I was against that, I spoke against it, I worked against it, but we lost."

Santorum said he still voted for the bill because of its substantial reforms to Medicare, but he now wishes the vote had gone the other way. He agreed the bill had created a vast new entitlement program without paying for it.

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