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125628| 12.07.17 | GOP’s 2018 goal: Cut Medicare, Medicaid

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      December 07, 2017

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      >Paul Ryan says GOP aiming to cut Medicare, Medicaid spending

      In further proof that Republicans are not giving up their push to enact major changes to healthcare policy, House Speaker Paul Ryan has signaled that the party will focus on cutting Medicare and Medicaid spending next year. But while Ryan contends that entitlement reform was the logical next step after passing a tax bill that reduces revenue, Democrats don’t see it that way.

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