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Obama Proposes Health Agency Cut but Spares Medicare Fees
New York Times

Spending by the Department of Health and Human Services would decline in 2012 for the first time in the agency’s 30-year history under President Obama’s budget request. The proposed 2 percent cut, to $892 billion, is striking because the department’s two biggest programs, Medicare and Medicaid, have been growing more than 8 percent a year, and the department has myriad duties under the new health care law.

The president’s budget does not propose fundamental changes to slow the growth in the two big entitlement programs, which together insure more than 100 million elderly, disabled and low-income people.