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Republicans Eyeing Run Against Obama Back Medicare Revamp

Republicans considering running for president were quick to embrace House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan’s plan to shrink the U.S. budget deficit, a blueprint likely to frame the debate over federal spending heading into next year’s elections and spur Democratic attacks.

The proposal released yesterday by Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, would cut more than $6 trillion over the next decade from Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps and scores of other programs. It calls for the biggest overhaul of federal benefits since President George W. Bush’s failed 2005 attempt to reshape Social Security.