Fed chairman Ben Bernanke, in the midst of repeating all his answers from Tuesday, yesterday plunged into the congressional health care debate to an unusual degree for the Federal Reserve, saying a national health care program that doesn’t cut costs isn’t worth doing.

Bernanke’s Senate-side repeat of his semiannual report to Congress prompted all the same questions already dealt with at length by House members, but his health care remarks stood out as a clear message that the plan the Obama administration wants this month is about more than health care.

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