Copies of President Obama's budget plan for fiscal year 2014 are prepared for delivery. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s new budget offers Medicare cuts to entice Republicans into tax negotiations, while plowing ahead to cover the uninsured next year under the health care law the GOP has bitterly fought to repeal.

But the biggest health consequences from any proposal in Obama’s plan could come from nearly doubling the federal tobacco tax. If enacted by Congress, it could make young people think twice about picking up the cigarette habit.

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