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New Worries for Democrats on Health Law

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As the administration struggles to put in place the final, complex piece of President Obama’s signature health care law, an endeavor on a scale not seen since Medicare’s creation nearly a half-century ago, Democrats are worried that major snags will be exploited by Republicans in next year’s midterm elections.

Florida Governor's Embrace of Medicaid Money Undercuts GOP Attacks on 'Obamacare'

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Bashing “Obamacare” just isn’t what it used to be.

Just over two years ago, the rallying cry against President Obama’s health care overhaul unified Republicans and hoisted the party to historic electoral gains in state capitals and in Washington.

‘Fiscal cliff’ talks bogged down by dispute over cost of retirement programs

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Negotiations to avert the year-end “fiscal cliff” advanced at a glacial pace Wednesday, with a dispute over how to tackle the soaring cost of federal retirement programs emerging as the latest roadblock to progress.

Patients would pay more if Romney restores Medicare savings, analysts say

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Mitt Romney’s promise to restore $716 billion that he says President Obama “robbed” from Medicare has some health care experts puzzled, and not just because his running mate, Representative Paul D. Ryan, included the same savings in his House budgets.

Ryan says his plan keeps Obama's health savings

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Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan acknowledged on Thursday that his proposed healthcare reforms rely on many of the same spending reductions for which he has criticized President Barack Obama, something that could undercut a central message of the Republican campaign.

Political Perceptions: The Ryan Medicaid Questions

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The choice of Paul Ryan to be Mitt Romney’s running mate has pushed Medicare onto the front pages. That’s because the Wisconsin congressman wants to make sweeping changes in the program to slow the growth in its costs, essentially giving future elderly a set sum to shop among competing private insurance plans (much as President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act would do for some low- and moderate-income families not covered by government insurance).

PBS NewsHour: Supreme Court Wraps Up Health Reform Law Hearings: What's Next?

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In the final day of Supreme Court hearings on the Affordable Care Act, justices questioned the constitutionality of requiring states to expand Medicaid coverage to more individuals. Betty Ann Bowser reports, and Marcia Coyle and Susan Dentzer discuss with Gwen Ifill whether the law could survive without an insurance mandate.

Democrats Attack Ryan Budget Plan, Again

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A year ago, Democrats made political mincemeat of Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget plan, attacking it for its cuts in Medicare and other programs. They’re hoping Mr. Ryan’s new plan will provide similar political damage. In a statement Tuesday, White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer said the plan “once again fails the test of balance, fairness and shared responsibility.”
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GOP Budget Plan Cuts Deeply into Domestic Programs, Reshapes Medicare, Medicaid

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House Republicans laid down a bold but risky election-year marker Tuesday, unveiling a budget proposal that aims to tame the national debt by reshaping Medicare and cutting deeply into Medicaid, food stamps and other programs for the poor, while reshuffling the tax code to sharply lower rates.
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April 15, 2011

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While President Obama and Rep. Paul Ryan both unveiled plans to cut $4 trillion from the national debt they continue to argue over how to do it. The GOP and Democrats continued to fight over America’s deficit, from taxes to overhauling Medicare and Medicaid.  This week: Susan Davis, National Journal; Jeff Zeleny, New York Times; Janet Hook, Wall Street Journal; John Harwood, CNBC/NY Times.