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 The nation’s Medicare program may have been the single most-debated program during the recent Congressional talks about our national debt ceiling. Certainly, it was a key cause of stonewalling by legislators on both sides of the Congressional aisle, as neither party wants to be associated with anything which potentially hurts our Medicare beneficiaries. They are, after all, one of the nation’s largest voting blocks, and already radio and TV commercials are resounding about protecting the rights of senior citizens to continue their current Medicare program.

Many of the debt reduction proposals put forth by Congress, the White House and various independent, bipartisan groups include reducing the growth in Medicare spending over time. In the final debt-ceiling deal, Congress spared Medicare from immediate cuts. But they’ll be back for round two this fall, and nothing is certain.

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