I’ve been away for a couple of weeks, posting sporadically and not reading as much as usual, so I’m not fully up to date on the “Obama sold out Social Security” discussion. Now that Boehner has caved, can someone explain why anyone took the notion that Republicans would means test Medicare seriously? Wouldn’t that have been the most widespread, noticeable and politically unpalatable tax increase on the wealthy (and semi-wealthy) that Republicans could advocate? I was willing to buy that Democrats would agree to some kind of Medicare means test as a part of some grand compromise, but I could never see how Republicans would accept it.
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