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Medicare, Medicaid overhaul deal unlikely, lawmakers say
Modern Healthcare

Congress is unlikely to reach a “grand bargain” to overhaul Medicare and Medicaid during the post-election lame duck session, according to two congressional budget leaders.

In successive appearances Tuesday at a deficit-reduction summit sponsored by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, Reps. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), chairman of the Budget Committee, and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), the panel’s ranking member, agreed that any deal to enact long-term changes to the federal healthcare programs is more likely in 2013.