House GOP Considers Privatizing Medicare

Thursday, 27 Jan 2011 05:04 PM

 

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WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are debating whether to relaunch their quest to privatize Medicare, months after they hammered Democrats for cutting the program.

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin is testing support for his idea to replace Medicare with a fixed payment to buy a private medical plan from a menu of coverage options.

Party leaders will determine if the so-called voucher plan will be part of the budget Republicans put forward in the spring.

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