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Republicans to Hone Medicare Pitch After House Election Loss

Republicans are vowing to prevent the 2012 election from becoming a referendum on their proposal to privatize Medicare after a New York Democrat who opposed the plan won a vacant U.S. House seat.

Democrat Kathy Hochul scored an upset in a traditionally Republican western New York district in a May 24 special election after hammering opponent Jane Corwin for endorsing the Medicare plan approved in April by almost all House Republicans.