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Democrats Take Aim At GOP Flip Flops On Medicare


Today, Democrats will unveil the above poster board--taken from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's comm shop--on the Senate floor. That the two press releases were issued on consecutive days seems to heighten the contradiction.

To be fair, the full Republican argument isn't so transparently contradictory. How can you expand Medicare to millions more people, they ask, while pulling billions of dollars out of the system at the same time. (The answer is, if those billions are being wasted, and the new beneficiaries are paying into the system, there's no problem doing both).

But such are the perils of feigning support for a popular program, after railing against it for a generation.

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