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A GAO report requested by Sen. Tom Coburn found the Pentagon pays more for prescription drugs than does either Medicare or Medicaid. (Associated press)

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A GAO report requested by Sen. Tom Coburn found the Pentagon pays more for prescription drugs than does either Medicare or Medicaid. (Associated press)

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** FILE ** Marilyn Tavenner, the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, before the House Ways and Means Committee hearing on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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** FILE ** In this May 31, 2013, file photo, acting Social Security Commissioner Carolyn W. Colvin, center, accompanied by Acting Labor Secretary Seth D. Harris, left, and Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, speaks during a news conference about Social Security and Medicare in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

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** FILE ** In this May 31, 2013, file photo, acting Social Security Commissioner Carolyn W. Colvin, center, accompanied by Acting Labor Secretary Seth D. Harris, left, and Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, speaks during a news conference about Social Security and Medicare in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

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The efforts of Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat, to expand Medicare to low-income residents were thwarted when a Democratic Senator resigned this week. (Associated Press Photographs)

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Medicare chief Marilyn Tavenner pauses while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing as the panel seeks reassurances about problems with the debut of the Affordable Care Act. Republicans on the committee emphasized their longstanding criticism of the law, citing examples of cancellations and increased costs while raising questions about cyber-security for healthcare.gov. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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FILE - In this June 3, 2010, file photo, Dr. Steven Birnbaum works with a patient in a CT scanner at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua, N.H. A new study estimates that screening certain current and former smokers for lung cancer would cost Medicare about $2 billion a year, which would add $3 a month to Medicare premiums. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)

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Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican, spoke out Tuesday in favor of gradually raising the retirement age, which currently sits at 67, and transitioning Medicare to a voucher system. (associated press)

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Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican, spoke out Tuesday in favor of gradually raising the retirement age, which currently sits at 67, and transitioning Medicare to a voucher system. (associated press)

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Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, Arizona Democrat, applauded Congress' bipartisan effort to reverse the planned cuts to Medicare Advantage payments. (Associated Press)

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Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, Arizona Democrat, applauded Congress' bipartisan effort to reverse the planned cuts to Medicare Advantage payments. (Associated Press)

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Medicare chief Marilyn Tavenner pauses while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing as the panel seeks reassurances about problems with the debut of the Affordable Care Act. Republicans on the committee emphasized their longstanding criticism of the law, citing examples of cancellations and increased costs while raising questions about cyber-security for healthcare.gov. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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Medicare chief Marilyn Tavenner pauses while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing as the panel seeks reassurances about problems with the debut of the Affordable Care Act. Republicans on the committee emphasized their longstanding criticism of the law, citing examples of cancellations and increased costs while raising questions about cyber-security for healthcare.gov. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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Sen. Orrin Hatch, Utah Republican, said "this isn't right and has to be stopped" as America's Health Insurance Plans reported that Obamacare cuts would trim payment rates to Medicare Advantage plans by nearly 6 percent in 2015. (Associated Press photographs)

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Sen. Barbara Boxer, California Democrat, touted the health care law and said this week that payments to Medicare Advantage needed to be reined in.

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Sen. Orrin Hatch, Utah Republican, said "this isn't right and has to be stopped" as America's Health Insurance Plans reported that Obamacare cuts would trim payment rates to Medicare Advantage plans by nearly 6 percent in 2015. (Associated Press photographs)