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House Democrats Urge Obama Not to Cave on Medicare

Friday, 03 June 2011 04:19 By Lisa Mascaro, The Los Angeles Times | Report
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Washington - House Democrats pressed President Obama on Thursday not to cave in budget talks with Republicans, especially by yielding on cuts to Medicare.

Maintaining the Medicare program for seniors was a major component of the conversation, and several Democratic leaders urged the president to stand firmly against cuts.

"Everyone agreed that cuts are necessary but not on the backs of seniors and middle class," said a Democratic aide.

Obama hosted the Democratic caucus at the White House on the heels of a similar meeting with House Republicans earlier this week as the administration works to broker a budget reduction deal that would allow a vote to raise the nation’s borrowing capacity.

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The federal government faces a potentially catastrophic default by Aug. 2 if the $14.3-trillion debt limit is not lifted.

Republicans have increasingly insisted that Medicare cuts be on the table in budget talks. Medicare is a driver of federal deficits, but the GOP plan to reduce outlays by creating a voucher-like system that could shift costs to the next generation of seniors has run into political resistance.

Christi Parsons contributed to this report.

© 2011 McClatchy-Tribune Information Services

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House Democrats Urge Obama Not to Cave on Medicare

Friday, 03 June 2011 04:19 By Lisa Mascaro, The Los Angeles Times | Report
  • font size decrease font size decrease font size increase font size increase font size
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Washington - House Democrats pressed President Obama on Thursday not to cave in budget talks with Republicans, especially by yielding on cuts to Medicare.

Maintaining the Medicare program for seniors was a major component of the conversation, and several Democratic leaders urged the president to stand firmly against cuts.

"Everyone agreed that cuts are necessary but not on the backs of seniors and middle class," said a Democratic aide.

Obama hosted the Democratic caucus at the White House on the heels of a similar meeting with House Republicans earlier this week as the administration works to broker a budget reduction deal that would allow a vote to raise the nation’s borrowing capacity.

Stay informed with free Truthout updates delivered straight to your email inbox. Click here to sign up.

The federal government faces a potentially catastrophic default by Aug. 2 if the $14.3-trillion debt limit is not lifted.

Republicans have increasingly insisted that Medicare cuts be on the table in budget talks. Medicare is a driver of federal deficits, but the GOP plan to reduce outlays by creating a voucher-like system that could shift costs to the next generation of seniors has run into political resistance.

Christi Parsons contributed to this report.

© 2011 McClatchy-Tribune Information Services

Truthout has licensed this content. It may not be reproduced by any other source and is not covered by our Creative Commons license.

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Beyond the Medicare Fight: GOP, Centrists Targeting Medicaid
By Art Levine, Truthout | News Analysis

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