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Fri Dec 2, 2016, 05:32 PM

GOP's Medicare plans run into wall in the Senate

Source: Politico

GOP's Medicare plans run into wall in the Senate

By JENNIFER HABERKORN and ADAM CANCRYN 12/02/16 05:06 AM EST

The GOP’s dream of privatizing parts of Medicare is running up against resistance among Senate Republicans.

Interviews with more than a dozen GOP lawmakers reveal they’re not planning to pursue big changes to the popular health care program for seniors — at least not in the first year of the Trump administration.

That hesitation starts with the chairman who would lead any overhaul in the Senate.

“We’ll have to see,” said Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), head of the Senate Finance Committee, which oversees Medicare. “We’re going to have a whole new look at a lot of things. … It depends on what it is. It depends on how it is written. It depends on what it would do.”

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Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/12/republicans-medicare-overhaul-232087

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