Obama Duels Republicans on Entitlements Over What’s in a Name

Obama Duels Republicans on Entitlements Over What’s in a Name

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A file photo shows Social Security checks being printed at the U.S. Treasury Philadelphia Finance Center during February 2005. From the start of both programs, Americans were conditioned to regard Social Security and Medicare as special. “The checks will come to you as a right,” explained a 1936 government pamphlet that introduced the program.