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Fri Feb 15, 2013, 02:07 PM

Democrats Willing to Consider Medicare Cuts, Van Hollen Says [View all]

Source: Bloomberg

Democrats Willing to Consider Medicare Cuts, Van Hollen Says
By Brian Faler - Feb 15, 2013 12:35 PM CT.

Representative Chris Van Hollen scoffed at House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s recent bid to remake the Republican Party as little more than public relations while expressing a willingness to consider one Republican proposal to restructure Medicare.

“I saw some new words and sort of a softer image, saying things like ‘we’ve got to smile more,’” yet “you’ve got to change the product, not just the salesmanship,” Van Hollen said in an interview on Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital With Al Hunt,” airing this weekend.

Still, the top Democrat on the House Budget Committee said he’s willing to consider combining Medicare’s Part A and B, which pay for hospital and doctors’ services, to wring inefficiencies out of the health-care program for the aged. “I would not say ‘no’ off the cuff to that kind of idea,” Van Hollen said.

The Maryland congressman expressed disappointment with President Barack Obama’s new advocacy group Organizing for Action’s reported unwillingness to publish a comprehensive list of its financial donations.


Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-02-15/democrats-willing-to-consider-medicare-cuts-van-hollen-says.html

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