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  •  - Custom license plates adorn a bicycle in Bonita Springs.

    Custom license plates adorn a bicycle in Bonita Springs.

    Posted: 6/8/2012 2:23:18 PM EST
    Custom license plates adorn a bicycle parked near the shuffleboard courts at Limetree Park, a 240-unit Gulf Coast mobile home community, in Bonita Springs, Florida, March 23, 2012. The ideology of residents ranges from far left to far right. But all agree on one thing: the importance of a generous federal safety net for seniors. Medicare and Social Security, the massive programs that pay benefits to tens of millions of older Americans, are contentious issues in the 2012 presidential campaign. Seniors want the nation?s sputtering economy to be fixed, but not at their expense. REUTERS/Steve Nesius (UNITED STATES - Tags: ELECTIONS POLITICS SOCIETY)
  •  - Findlay and his wife Delores Findlay, of Indiana, read the morning newspaper inside their home at Limetree Park where spend the winter months in Bonita Springs

    Findlay and his wife Delores Findlay, of Indiana, read the morning newspaper inside their home at Limetree Park where spend the winter months in Bonita Springs

    Posted: 6/8/2012 2:23:05 PM EST
    Mark Findlay and his wife Delores Findlay, of Indiana, read the morning newspaper inside their home at Limetree Park where they spend the winter months in Bonita Springs, Florida, March 23, 2012. Medicare and Social Security, the massive programs that pay benefits to tens of millions of older Americans, are contentious issues in the 2012 presidential campaign. Seniors want the nation?s sputtering economy to be fixed, but not at their expense. REUTERS/Steve Nesius (UNITED STATES - Tags: ELECTIONS POLITICS SOCIETY)
  •  - A street sign marks an intersection In Limetree Park, a 240-unit Gulf Coast mobile home community, in Bonita Springs

    A street sign marks an intersection In Limetree Park, a 240-unit Gulf Coast mobile home community, in Bonita Springs

    Posted: 6/8/2012 2:23:00 PM EST
    A street sign marks an intersection In Limetree Park, a 240-unit Gulf Coast mobile home community, in Bonita Springs, Florida, March 23, 2012. The ideology of residents ranges from far left to far right. But all agree on one thing: the importance of a generous federal safety net for seniors. Medicare and Social Security, the massive programs that pay benefits to tens of millions of older Americans, are contentious issues in the 2012 presidential campaign. Seniors want the nation?s sputtering economy to be fixed, but not at their expense. REUTERS/Steve Nesius (UNITED STATES - Tags: ELECTIONS POLITICS SOCIETY)
  •  - Davis and Schilling stand outside their home at Limetree Park where they live year-round in Bonita Springs

    Davis and Schilling stand outside their home at Limetree Park where they live year-round in Bonita Springs

    Posted: 6/8/2012 2:22:54 PM EST
    Andrea Davis and Dewey Schilling stand outside their home at Limetree Park where they live year-round in Bonita Springs, Florida, March 23, 2012. Davis, 63, a former secretary, said she hadn't worked long enough at one place to build up a 401K. "If it weren't for Social Security, I would probably be on the street," she added. Medicare and Social Security, the massive programs that pay benefits to tens of millions of older Americans, are contentious issues in the 2012 presidential campaign. Seniors want the nation?'s sputtering economy to be fixed, but not at their expense. REUTERS/Steve Nesius (UNITED STATES - Tags: ELECTIONS POLITICS)
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    Posted: 5/30/2012 5:00:47 PM EST
    FILE - In this April 12, 2011, file photo, Medicare Administrator Donald Berwick gestures during an interview with The Associated Press in Washington. People targeted by health care distortions say the attacks can accomplish two things: turning an individual into a pariah, and shutting down legitimate consideration of new ideas. Berwick, President Barack Obama's first Medicare chief, said he was never able to overcome the label of ?rationer-in-chief? pinned on him by GOP critics of the health law, no matter how often he said he was against rationing. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)
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    Posted: 5/10/2012 2:35:47 PM EST
    FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2005 file photo, Marilyn Tavenner speaks in Richmond, Va. Medicare paid $5.6 billion to 2,600 pharmacies with questionable billings, including a Kansas drugstore that submitted more than 1,000 prescriptions each for two patients in just one year, government investigators have found. The new report by the inspector general of the Health and Human Services department finds the corner drugstore is vulnerable to fraud, partly because Medicare does not require the private insurers that deliver prescription benefits to seniors to report suspicious billing patterns. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
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    Posted: 5/8/2012 4:15:45 AM EST
    FILE - In this March 13, 2012, file photo Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., joins students at a Capitol Hill news conference to announce the collection of over 130,000 letters to Congress to prevent student loan interest rates from doubling this July. With Congress returning from a weeklong spring recess, the Senate plans to vote Tuesday, May 8, on whether to start debating a Democratic plan to keep college loan interest rates for 7.4 million students from doubling. The $6 billion bill would be paid for by collecting more Social Security and Medicare payroll taxes from high-earning owners of some privately held corporations. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
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    Posted: 5/3/2012 12:25:48 PM EST
    FILE - In this April 12, 2012 file photo, former Medicare Administrator Dr. Donald Berwick gestures during an interview with The Associated Press, in Washington. Tossing out President Barack Obama?s health care law would have major unintended consequences for Medicare?s payment systems, unseen but vital plumbing that handles 100 million monthly claims from hospitals and other service providers, the administration has quietly informed the courts. (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File)
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    Posted: 4/30/2012 6:10:45 PM EST
    FILE - This Aug. 8, 2011 file photo, shows the entrance to the Humana building, in Louisville, Ky. Humana Inc. says its first-quarter net income in 2012 fell 21 percent as the health insurer's retail and employer group segments had lower profit as it paid out more in claims than a year ago. But Humana said Monday, April 30, 2012 that its individual Medicare Advantage membership grew by 15 percent in the three-month period. (AP Photo/Ed Reinke, File)
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    Posted: 4/27/2012 4:00:45 PM EST
    FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2000, file photo Democratic presidential candidate Vice President Al Gore kisses Iowa retiree Winifred Skinner, 79, after listening to her talk about how she struggles with the high costs of prescriptions, as Gore spoke on his Medicare agenda at a community center in Altoona, Iowa. Wanna be famous? Forget reality TV. The presidential campaign could be just the ticket from nowhere to notoriety. It can be done with a heartfelt story. An off-hand remark. Or simply by having a distant connection to someone who's Somebody. Skinner told Gore she collects discarded cans to supplement her pension. (AP Photo/ J. Scott Applewhite, File)
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    Posted: 4/24/2012 12:30:50 PM EST
    Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, center, and Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, left, listen as Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius speaks at a news conference on the Social Security and Medicare Trustees Reports, Monday, April 23, 2012, at the Treasury Department in Washington. Trustees update forecasts for the government's two largest benefit programs, which are laboring under the weight of retiring baby boomers, revenue shortages and politicians' reluctance to take painful action to fix them. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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    Posted: 4/24/2012 12:30:49 PM EST
    Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner speaks at a news conference on the Social Security and Medicare Trustees Reports, Monday, April 23, 2012, at the Treasury Department in Washington. Trustees update forecasts for the government's two largest benefit programs, which are laboring under the weight of retiring baby boomers, revenue shortages and politicians' reluctance to take painful action to fix them. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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    Posted: 4/24/2012 12:30:49 PM EST
    Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, right, and Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, left, listen as Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, center, speaks at a news conference on the Social Security and Medicare Trustees Reports, Monday, April 23, 2012, at the Treasury Department in Washington. Trustees update forecasts for the government's two largest benefit programs, which are laboring under the weight of retiring baby boomers, revenue shortages and politicians' reluctance to take painful action to fix them. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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    Posted: 4/24/2012 12:30:49 PM EST
    Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner listens during a news conference on the Social Security and Medicare Trustees Reports, Monday, April 23, 2012, at the Treasury Department in Washington. Trustees update forecasts for the government's two largest benefit programs, which are laboring under the weight of retiring baby boomers, revenue shortages and politicians' reluctance to take painful action to fix them. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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    Posted: 4/24/2012 2:45:47 AM EST
    FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2011 file photo, Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. In a rebuke to the Obama administration, government auditors are calling for the cancellation of an $8 billion Medicare program that congressional Republicans have criticized as a political ploy. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
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    Posted: 4/24/2012 2:45:47 AM EST
    FILE - In this April 18, 2012 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks at Lorain County Community College in Elyria, Ohio. In a rebuke to the Obama administration, government auditors are calling for the cancellation of an $8 billion Medicare program that congressional Republicans have criticized as a political ploy. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
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    Posted: 4/18/2012 5:25:46 PM EST
    This undated handout photo provided by the Department of Health and Human Services shows Medicare deputy administrator Jonathan Blum. Medicare officials say competitive bidding for power wheelchairs, diabetic supplies and other personal medical equipment is clamping down on waste and fraud, saving $200 million last year. (AP Photo/HHS)
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    Posted: 4/18/2012 5:25:46 PM EST
    This undated photo provided by the Department of Health and Human Services shows Medicare deputy administrator Jonathan Blum. Medicare officials say competitive bidding for power wheelchairs, diabetic supplies and other personal medical equipment is clamping down on waste and fraud, saving $200 million last year. (AP Photo/HHS)
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    Posted: 4/12/2012 5:40:48 PM EST
    FILE - In this March 15, 2012, file photo, Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a union hall in Toledo, Ohio. Want a peek inside the Democratic playbook as the presidential race shifts fully into general election mode? Just listen to Biden. In the past few weeks, the he has branded presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney ?consistently wrong,? ?uninformed? on foreign policy, someone aiming to ?end Medicare as we know it? and an advocate of the wealthy at the expense of the middle class. (AP Photo/Madalyn Ruggiero, File)
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    Posted: 4/2/2012 10:15:48 AM EST
    FILE - In this May 12, 2009, file photo Jonathan Gruber, professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, participates in a Capitol Hill hearing on the overhaul of the heath care system in Washington. A supporter of the Affordable Care Act, Gruber says, "It?s so crazy to think that a society that has Social Security and Medicare would not find this (law) constitutional.? Gruber advised both the Obama administration and Massachusetts lawmakers as they developed the state mandate in the 2006 law that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney championed as governor. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)