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Paul Ryan elected Speaker of the House

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Ryan is set to become the most conservative Speaker since the Gilded Age.
President Obama and John Boehner schmoozing, via Wikimedia Commons

John Boehner’s going to force Obama to negotiate on the debt limit one more time

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Boehner wants to preserve safety net cuts in exchange for pushing a number of deadlines past the 2016 election.
Jeb Bush, via Gage Skidmore / Flickr

Jeb Bush suggests phasing out Medicare

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Jeb Bush isn’t a moderate, part 283759.

Medicare spent $172m on penis pumps over last 5 years (video)

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Samantha Bee talks to NARAL’s Ilyse Hogue about the government’s double-standard on funding sexual health.
House GOP Tea Party leader Tim Huelskamp of Kansas says the Tea Party will force the nation to default unless we cut Medicare.

Tim Huelskamp: Cut Medicare or Tea Party will default on America’s debt

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Add America’s entire senior community to the ever-growing list of Republican hostages that must be killed.
How can we afford not to focus on health care?  We can’t.

(Updated) Obamacare insurance exchanges may not be good deal for young and healthy

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Eskow: “Deciding against a plan that requires you to pay $10–$15,000 out of pocket is a rational act.”

Obama loses key support for cutting Social Security, Medicare in “Grand Bargain”

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The powerful pro-Obama think-tank Center for American Progress has just abandoned Obama’s benefit cuts.
Cong. Keith Ellison

Keith Ellison: “I don’t care what party you’re in. I’m in the Social Security party.”

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Progressives in Congress are declaring independence from Dem neoliberal leaders on Social Security benefit cuts,
Jon Stewart on the sequester

Jon Stewart blasts Congress’ selfish sequester fix

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Congress fixed the sequester for air travel, which affects them, but not Medicare patients losing chemo.
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Cancer is inconvenient, but missing your flight is death

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How the US Senate put its own personal pork – flight delays – ahead of the needs of people dying of cancer.
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Bill introduced to begin rollback of high Medicare drug prices

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Medicare recipients currently pay higher prescription drug prices than Medicaid recipients.

2 million “no benefit cuts” signatures delivered to White House (video)

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Live coverage of two million “no benefit cuts” signatures being delivered to the White House at 1230pm ET.
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(Updated) House Dems who promise to vote No to benefit cuts like Chained CPI

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Chained CPI is a benefit cut and it’s very unpopular. These House Democrats promise to stop it.
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