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**FILE** A Yazoo City, Miss., resident holds copies of a Medicare-approved drug card application on July 27, 2004, in Yazoo City. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** A Yazoo City, Miss., resident holds copies of a Medicare-approved drug card application on July 27, 2004, in Yazoo City. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., accompanied by Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., left, gestures during a news conference on saving Medicare as part of the Health Care Overhaul, Tuesday, March 16, 2010, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Harry Hamburg)

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** FILE ** Social Security Administration Commissioner Michael J. Astrue speaks at a news conference on the Social Security and Medicare trustees report at the Treasury Department in Washington on Aug. 5, 2010. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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** FILE ** In this Aug. 16, 2012, photo Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney writes on a white board as he talks about Medicare during a news conference in Greer, S.C. As they rush towards their party conventions, the rival presidential campaigns are trying to invigorate core supporters while reaching out to a sliver of undecided voters who harbor doubts about President Obama yet aren't sold on Romney. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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** FILE ** In this Aug. 16, 2012, photo Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney writes on a white board as he talks about Medicare during a news conference in Greer, S.C. As they rush towards their party conventions, the rival presidential campaigns are trying to invigorate core supporters while reaching out to a sliver of undecided voters who harbor doubts about President Obama yet aren't sold on Romney. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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** FILE ** Rep. Paul Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, introduces a plan on Tuesday, March 20, 2012, to overhaul Medicare. The proposal would have the federal program competing with private plans. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney writes on a white board Aug. 16, 2012, as he talks about Medicare during a news conference at Spartanburg International Airport in Greer, S.C. (Associated Press)

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney writes on a white board Aug. 16, 2012, as he talks about Medicare during a news conference at Spartanburg International Airport in Greer, S.C. (Associated Press)

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“That means seniors would no longer have the guarantee of Medicare,” President Obama said in Dubuque, Iowa, on Wednesday. “They’d get a voucher to buy ... insurance, and ... the plan offered by ... Ryan, would force seniors to pay an extra $6,300 a year, and I assume they don’t have that.” (Associated Press)

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The plan by Republican vice presidential nominee-in-waiting Rep. Paul Ryan for rescuing Medicare from looming financial insolvency took a backseat when the party’s standard-bearer was campaigning Tuesday in Ohio. (Associated Press)

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The plan by Republican vice presidential nominee-in-waiting Rep. Paul Ryan for rescuing Medicare from looming financial insolvency took a backseat when the party’s standard-bearer was campaigning Tuesday in Ohio. (Associated Press)

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George Allen, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate from Virginia, has declined repeatedly to indicate whether he firmly supports the Medicare reform proposal being championed by his party’s vice-presidential nominee-in-waiting. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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George Allen, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate from Virginia, has declined repeatedly to indicate whether he firmly supports the Medicare reform proposal being championed by his party’s vice-presidential nominee-in-waiting. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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A group of belly dancers in favor of Medicare for all perform outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Thursday, June 28, 2012, before a landmark decision on health care. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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Illustration Medicare-less by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

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**FILE** Medicare administrator Marilyn Tavenner (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Medicare administrator Marilyn Tavenner (Associated Press)

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** 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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** 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)