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The "fiscal cliff" and the dismantling of Medicare

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It is becoming increasingly clear that any deal reached in the negotiations in Washington over the 'fiscal cliff' will include a major expansion of means testing for Medicare, the federal health insurance program for seniors and the disabled. The introduction of increased fees based on income will signify Medicare's transformation from a universal health care program for the elderly into a poverty program, the first step in its being starved of funds and ultimately dismantled.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.

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