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Medicare rationing? House vote political in nature

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar WASHINGTON — House Republicans resurrected the specter of Medicare rationing Thursday in an election-year vote to repeal cost controls in President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. In the GOP crosshairs is a board that has yet to be named but would be empowered to force cuts to drug companies, insurers and other service […]

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Supercommittee offers up cuts to Medicare

By David Espo  WASHINGTON — Republicans on Congress’ deficit-reduction supercommittee outlined a plan Wednesday that includes spending cuts but none of the increases in tax revenue sought by Democrats, completing an initial exchange of offers that left the two sides far apart despite weeks of secret talks. Officials also said a Democratic proposal on Tuesday […]

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Accusations fly over obscure Medicare board

WASHINGTON — So long death panels. Hello “rationing” board. An independent panel authorized by President Barack Obama’s health care law to control excessive Medicare cost increases is drawing heavy fire from Republicans. Nearly every health industry lobbying group is pushing for its repeal, as are some consumer advocates. GOP lawmakers call it a rationing panel, […]

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Ryan Medicare plan ‘on the table’

By Andrew Taylor WASHINGTON— The top Republican in the Senate said Sunday that a controversial House Medicare plan is “on the table” as President Barack Obama and his GOP rivals wrestle over budget cuts to enact this summer. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said on NBC’s Meet The Press that he supports the controversial […]

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Senate rejects Medicare voucher program

By Andrew Taylor WASHINGTON — Joined by several moderate Republicans, Democrats controlling the Senate rejected a controversial House budget plan for turning Medicare into a voucher-like program for future beneficiaries. Five Republicans joined every Democrat in the 57-40 vote killing the measure, which calls for transforming Medicare into a program in which future beneficiaries — […]

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GOP gets turn on Medicare hot seat

The GOP budget expected to go to the full House this week would remake health care programs for the elderly and the poor that have been in place for nearly half a century.

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