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Pelosi Takes Hardest Line Against Raising Medicare Eligibility Age

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Asked in a followup question whether she was worried that Obama's willingness in 2011 to entertain a higher Medicare age and other cuts to social insurance benefits suggests he might agree to similar cuts today, Pelosi issued a subtle warning to both men.

"The President knows our views shares our values, we respect his leadership," she said. "And the Speaker may need our votes to go forward."

In other words, she'll have a big say over whether any deal they strike can pass the House.

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