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House Republicans struggle to find allies across the aisle for Medicare overhaul

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House Republicans are struggling to make the case that their proposed Medicare overhaul has broad support.

The GOP has been ramping up its argument that Democrats have, in the past, supported "premium support" reforms despite the party's united attacks against the proposal ahead of the November elections. They are trying to persuade voters that Republicans have a bipartisan plan to save the program from bankruptcy, while painting Democrats as hypocrites out to scare seniors.

The effort until now had focused mainly on Clinton administration officials and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), who co-authored a Medicare reform proposal with Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) last year. This past week, however, the Ways and Means Committee changed tactics after unearthing a 2003 vote in favor of premium support by the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

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