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US Capitol Capsule: Republican budget hinges on health reform repeal success

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Executive Summary

As the US Supreme Court begins its deliberations in one of the most closely watched US legal battles in recent times – with the outcome of the landmark 2010 health reform lawsuit expected not only to have an impact on federal health programmes but also on the 2012 elections – Republicans last week picked a new fight in the budget wars, with the release of that party’s fiscal year 2013 plan, which all but ensures Medicare and Medicaid will remain targets in the deficit and debt reduction mêlée.



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