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Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) might propose changing the age of immunity – immunity from cuts in Medicare, that is. Pay attention when Ryan, the chairman of the House Budget Committee, begins outlining his budget for reporters on March 6. Republicans have long said that the health insurance program for older Americans is growing so fast it will eat the federal budget alive. But the party line has been that people 55 and older won’t be affected – under the theory …
Scratch the surface of all the partisan rhetoric, and Medicare policy prescriptions from leading Democrats and Republicans don’t really look so different. And the 1.5 million boomers a year signing up for Medicare will be at the forefront of any policy changes.