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  •  I doubt that the "2%/2%/2 years" (0+ / 0-)

    deal is real (2% tax hike for the 2%, Medicare goes from 65 to 67). But it does seem that the 2 year bump in Medicare eligibility is what is on the table from our side, and the 2% bump in rates is on the table from the GOP's side. The question really is, what more can Obama get from the GOP in return for increased the Medicare eligibility age (and possibly lowering payouts in the SS and/or Medicare programs). The list could include:
    - the GOP gives in on debt limit hostage-taking,
    - filibuster reform,
    - the GOP agrees to confirm Susan Rice or other controversial appointees,
    - the GOP agrees to cease/lessen their efforts to disenfranchise minority voters in the states.
    I can see many potential deals here, anything is possible at this point.

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