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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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