Hey everyone, John McCain’s back! And lithate his GOP brethren, he’s grasping at straws to oppose the Democratic health care reform bill:

This afternoon, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) introduced the first Republican amendment to the Senate’s health care reform bill. The so-called ‘motion to commit’ would send the legislation back to the Senate Finance Committee and instruct that committee to remove the $491 billion in proposed reductions from Medicare and Medicaid program

Keep that $491 bn number in your head, it’s important.

Here’s an excerpt from McCain’s floor speech:

I will eagerly look forward to hearing from the authors of this legislation as to how they can possibly achieve a half a trillion dollars in cuts without impacting existing Medicare programs negatively and eventually lead to rationing of health care in this country. That is what this motion is all about. This motion is to eliminate those unwarranted cuts.

And here’s the kicker:

McCain was for far more drastic Medicare cuts before he was against them. In October 2008, the McCain campaign announced that the Senator would pay for his health plan “with major reductions to Medicare and Medicaid…in a move that independent analysts estimate could result in cuts of $1.3 trillion over 10 years to the government programs.” Those cuts would have reduced Medicare and Medicaid spending by as much as 20% over 10 years and cut into benefits.

[All emphasis mine]

Whoops. It turns out that McCain suggested cutting Medicare/Medicaid by three times as much as the bill he now opposes…because it cuts Medicare/Medicaid.

It’s funny how fast Republicans flip-flop when a Democratic bill is on the line. No wonder McCain won the GOP nomination–in this regard he’s completely representative of his party.