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Ryan says GOP ready to take on health programs
San Francisco Chronicle

Republicans in charge of the House are facing two unappealing options on the budget.

One is to lead with their chins and offer politically toxic cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and, perhaps, Social Security. Or, they could play it safe — but then endorse trillion-dollar deficits that would enrage their tea party backers.

Rep. Paul Ryan, the party’s point man on the budget, is gearing up for a fight on the former, betting that American voters won’t rebel this spring when he offers up controversial cost curbs on those popular benefit programs.