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Democrats' strategy on Medicare: Let Ryan, Republicans step in it again

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House Democrats have a simple strategy as GOP leaders prepare to unveil a 2013 budget expected to include Medicare cuts akin to those proposed last year: Bring it on.

"The strategy is to get out of their way and let them do it again," Rep. Rob Andrews (D-N.J.) told reporters at the Democrats' annual Eastern Shore retreat.

"There is overwhelming rejection of the abolition of the Medicare guarantee," Andrews added, "and if they choose to identify themselves with it again, we're going to identify ourselves with Medicare."

Behind Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), House Republicans last year passed a 2012 budget that made sharp cuts to Medicare benefits and privatized the program for future beneficiaries.

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