Encouraging news for now, at least until we find out the final details of this deal. Given the option, Republicans will always try to attack the programs that offer a social safety net. The only reason they’re backing off on this is that the opposition to the Medicare voucher plan has been loud and clear. Would that it was as easy to explain why spending caps are not only stupid, they’re immoral.
Don’t ever trust the Republicans to back off for good, even if they’ve gotten the message — for now — that voters won’t stand for Medicare cuts. They’ll just bludgeon the Democrats until they give them another trophy instead:
Senior Republicans conceded Wednesday that a deal is unlikely on a contentious plan to overhaul Medicare and offered to open budget talks with the White House by focusing on areas where both parties can agree, such as cutting farm subsidies.
On the eve of debt-reduction talks led by Vice President Biden, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (Va.) said Republicans remain convinced that reining in federal retirement programs is the key to stabilizing the nation’s finances over the long term. But he said Republicans recognize they may need to look elsewhere to achieve consensus after President Obama “excoriated us” for a proposal to privatize Medicare.
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