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    Posted: 3/30/2012 8:35:46 AM EST
    FILE - In this Dec. 22, 2011 file photo, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., ranking Democrat on the House Budget Committee, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Republicans are ready to ram through the House an election-year, $3.5 trillion budget that showcases their deficit-cutting plan for revamping Medicare and slicing everything from food stamps to transportation while rejecting President Barack Obama's call to raise taxes on the rich. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
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    Posted: 3/30/2012 8:25:46 AM EST
    FILE -- In this April 5, 2011 file photo, House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. speaks at a news conference at the Capitol in Washington. Republicans are ready to ram through the House an election-year, $3.5 trillion budget that showcases their deficit-cutting plan for revamping Medicare and slicing everything from food stamps to transportation while rejecting President Barack Obama's call to raise taxes on the rich. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite/File)
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    Posted: 3/26/2012 12:15:47 PM EST
    House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy of Calif., center, accompanied by Rep. Joe Pitts, R-Pa., left, Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 22, 2012, after the House voted along party lines to repeal a Medicare cost-control board that's part of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul law. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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    Posted: 3/26/2012 10:05:50 AM EST
    FILE - In this July 30, 1965, file photo President Lyndon B. Johnson, left, with former Pres. Harry S. Truman at his side, uses the last of many pens to complete the signing of the Medicare Bill into law at ceremonies at the Truman Library in Independence, Missouri. John signed Medicare for people age 65 and older and Medicaid for the poor into law. His legendary arm-twisting and a Congress dominated by his fellow Democrats succeeded in creating the kind of landmark health care programs that eluded his predecessors. At rear from left are Lady Bird Johnson, Vice President Hubert Humphrey, and former first lady Bess Truman. (AP Photo/File)
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    Posted: 3/26/2012 4:20:48 AM EST
    FILE - In this May 20, 1962, file photo elderly citizens fill New York?s Madison Square Garden to capacity as they hold a mass rally to hear President John F. Kennedy speak in support of his administration?s program for medical care for the elderly. The president said the arguments against his Medicare program are the same ones raised 25 years ago when social security was proposed. Though he made health care a major campaign issue, as president can't get a plan for the elderly through Congress. (AP Photo/File)
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    Posted: 3/26/2012 4:20:48 AM EST
    FILE - In this May 20, 1962, file photo Midtown Manhattan residents line the fire escapes to watch President John F. Kennedy, at center above man with hat in foreground, walk along West 49th Street in New York under a cordon of police and Secret Servicemen, as he make his way to Madison Square Garden to address a rally in support of his administration?s Medicare program for the elderly. Though he made health care a major campaign issue, as president he can't get a plan for the elderly through Congress. (AP Photo/File)
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    Posted: 3/23/2012 3:00:51 PM EST
    Vice President Joe Biden, left, listens to Democratic National Committee Chair, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., right, before giving a speech at Wynmoor Village in Coconut Creek, Fla., Friday, March 23, 2012. Biden said the Medicare plan contained in a House GOP budget would effectively dismantle Medicare as it is currently structured. Senior citizen-rich Florida, a key battleground state in the presidential race, has about 3.3 million Medicare recipients. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)
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    Posted: 3/23/2012 3:00:51 PM EST
    Vice President Joe Biden greets supporters after giving a speech at Wynmoor Village in Coconut Creek, Fla., Friday, March 23, 2012. Biden said the Medicare plan contained in a House GOP budget would effectively dismantle Medicare as it is currently structured. Senior citizen-rich Florida, a key battleground state in the presidential race, has about 3.3 million Medicare recipients. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)
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    Posted: 3/22/2012 7:25:47 PM EST
    Republican Conference Chairman Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, center at lectern, accompanied by fellow GOP lawmakers speak to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 22, 2012, after the House voted along party lines to repeal a Medicare cost-control board that's part of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul law. From left are: Rep. Larry Bucshon, R-Ind., Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Ga., Rep. Joe Pitts, R-Pa., Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., and Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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    Posted: 3/22/2012 7:25:47 PM EST
    Republican Conference Chairman Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, and fellow GOP House members meet with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 22, 2012, after the House voted along party lines to repeal a Medicare cost-control board that's part of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul law. From left are, Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, Hensarling and Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
  •  - House Budget Chairman Ryan speaks during news conference with members of House Budget Committee at Capitol Hill in Washington

    House Budget Chairman Ryan speaks during news conference with members of House Budget Committee at Capitol Hill in Washington

    Posted: 3/20/2012 1:03:39 PM EST
    House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) speaks during a news conference as he unveils "The FY2013 Budget - The Path to Prosperity." with members of the House Budget Committee at Capitol Hill in Washington March 20, 2012. U.S. House Republicans on Tuesday unveiled an ambitious plan to cut and simplify taxes, slash spending and make a new run at overhauling the Medicare health program in a bid to draw a stark election-year contrast between their vision and that of President Barack Obama. REUTERS/Jose Luis Magana (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)
  •  - House Budget Chairman Ryan speaks during news conference with members of House Budget Committee at Capitol Hill in Washington

    House Budget Chairman Ryan speaks during news conference with members of House Budget Committee at Capitol Hill in Washington

    Posted: 3/20/2012 1:02:36 PM EST
    House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) speaks during a news conference as he unveils "The FY2013 Budget - The Path to Prosperity." with members of the House Budget Committee at Capitol Hill in Washington March 20, 2012. U.S. House Republicans on Tuesday unveiled an ambitious plan to cut and simplify taxes, slash spending and make a new run at overhauling the Medicare health program in a bid to draw a stark election-year contrast between their vision and that of President Barack Obama. REUTERS/Jose Luis Magana (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)
  •  - U.S. Republican congressmen hold copies of "The FY2013 Budget - The Path to Prosperity" which was unveiled by House Budget Chairman Ryan during a news conference at Capitol Hill in Washington

    U.S. Republican congressmen hold copies of "The FY2013 Budget - The Path to Prosperity" which was unveiled by House Budget Chairman Ryan during a news conference at Capitol Hill in Washington

    Posted: 3/20/2012 12:23:04 PM EST
    U.S. Republican congressmen hold copies of "The FY2013 Budget - The Path to Prosperity" which was unveiled by House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) during a news conference at Capitol Hill in Washington March 20, 2012. U.S. House Republicans on Tuesday unveiled an ambitious plan to cut and simplify taxes, slash spending and make a new run at overhauling the Medicare health program in a bid to draw a stark election-year contrast between their vision and that of President Barack Obama. REUTERS/Jose Luis Magana (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)
  •  - U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions speaks during a news conference as House Budget Chairman Ryan looks on, as they unveil "The FY2013 Budget - The Path to Prosperity" with members of the House Budget

    U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions speaks during a news conference as House Budget Chairman Ryan looks on, as they unveil "The FY2013 Budget - The Path to Prosperity" with members of the House Budget

    Posted: 3/20/2012 12:20:39 PM EST
    U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R- AL) speaks during a news conference as House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) looks on, as they unveil "The FY2013 Budget - The Path to Prosperity" with members of the House Budget Committee at Capitol Hill in Washington March 20, 2012. U.S. House Republicans on Tuesday unveiled an ambitious plan to cut and simplify taxes, slash spending and make a new run at overhauling the Medicare health program in a bid to draw a stark election-year contrast between their vision and that of President Barack Obama. REUTERS/Jose Luis Magana (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)
  •  - House Budget Chairman Ryan shows a copy of "The FY2013 Budget - The Path to Prosperity" during a news conference at Capitol Hill in Washington

    House Budget Chairman Ryan shows a copy of "The FY2013 Budget - The Path to Prosperity" during a news conference at Capitol Hill in Washington

    Posted: 3/20/2012 12:17:54 PM EST
    House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) shows a copy of "The FY2013 Budget - The Path to Prosperity" during a news conference at Capitol Hill in Washington March 20, 2012. U.S. House Republicans unveiled an ambitious budget plan on Tuesday to cut taxes, slash spending and overhaul Medicare in a bid to draw a stark election-year contrast between their vision of the size and role of government and that of President Barack Obama. REUTERS/Jose Luis Magana (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)
  •  - House Budget Chairman Ryan speaks during a news conference with members of the House Budget Committee at Capitol Hill in Washington

    House Budget Chairman Ryan speaks during a news conference with members of the House Budget Committee at Capitol Hill in Washington

    Posted: 3/20/2012 12:15:33 PM EST
    House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) speaks during a news conference as he unveils "The FY2013 Budget - The Path to Prosperity" with members of the House Budget Committee at Capitol Hill in Washington March 20, 2012. U.S. House Republicans on Tuesday unveiled an ambitious plan to cut and simplify taxes, slash spending and make a new run at overhauling the Medicare health program in a bid to draw a stark election-year contrast between their vision and that of President Barack Obama. REUTERS/Jose Luis Magana (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)
  •  - House Budget Chairman Ryan speaks during a news conference with members of the House Budget Committee at Capitol Hill in Washington

    House Budget Chairman Ryan speaks during a news conference with members of the House Budget Committee at Capitol Hill in Washington

    Posted: 3/20/2012 12:13:57 PM EST
    House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) speaks during a news conference as he unveils "The FY2013 Budget - The Path to Prosperity" with members of the House Budget Committee at Capitol Hill in Washington March 20, 2012. U.S. House Republicans on Tuesday unveiled an ambitious plan to cut and simplify taxes, slash spending and make a new run at overhauling the Medicare health program in a bid to draw a stark election-year contrast between their vision and that of President Barack Obama. REUTERS/Jose Luis Magana (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)
  •  - House Budget Chairman Ryan speaks during a news conference as he unveils "The FY2013 Budget - The Path to Prosperity" with members of the House Budget Committee at Capitol Hill in Washington

    House Budget Chairman Ryan speaks during a news conference as he unveils "The FY2013 Budget - The Path to Prosperity" with members of the House Budget Committee at Capitol Hill in Washington

    Posted: 3/20/2012 12:11:31 PM EST
    House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) speaks during a news conference as he unveils "The FY2013 Budget - The Path to Prosperity" with members of the House Budget Committee at Capitol Hill in Washington March 20, 2012. U.S. House Republicans on Tuesday unveiled an ambitious plan to cut and simplify taxes, slash spending and make a new run at overhauling the Medicare health program in a bid to draw a stark election-year contrast between their vision and that of President Barack Obama. REUTERS/Jose Luis Magana (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)
  •  - House Budget Chairman Ryan shows a copy of "The FY2013 Budget - The Path to Prosperity" during a news conference at Capitol Hill in Washington

    House Budget Chairman Ryan shows a copy of "The FY2013 Budget - The Path to Prosperity" during a news conference at Capitol Hill in Washington

    Posted: 3/20/2012 12:09:31 PM EST
    House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) shows a copy of "The FY2013 Budget - The Path to Prosperity" during a news conference at Capitol Hill in Washington March 20, 2012. U.S. House Republicans unveiled an ambitious budget plan on Tuesday to cut taxes, slash spending and overhaul Medicare in a bid to draw a stark election-year contrast between their vision of the size and role of government and that of President Barack Obama. REUTERS/Jose Luis Magana (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)
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    Posted: 2/23/2012 5:25:47 PM EST
    FILE - In this Feb. 8, 2011, file photo Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., center, speaks during a Capitol Hill news conference in Washington. Carper, chairman of a subcommittee that oversees federal financial management, commented on the $77 million computer system to stop Medicare fraud before it can happen, saying he hopes for much better results. He said Medicare has ?got to explain to us clearly that they are implementing the program, that their goals are well established, reasonable, achievable, and they?re making progress." ?We?re not sure if they?ve done those things," he added. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)