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Include Medicare, Medicaid cuts in deficit deal: Durbin
Modern Healthcare

Medicare and Medicaid cuts should be included in a grand bargain that cuts future federal deficits by $4 trillion over the next 10 years, Assistant Majority Leader Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said in an address to a liberal advocacy group.

The second highest ranking Democrat in the Senate and a leading congressional liberal, Durbin specifically supported several cost-saving measures, including cuts to allowable state provider taxes and cutting reimbursements for dual-eligible beneficiaries to Medicaid levels.