Wednesday, May 4, 2011

GOP seeks common ground with Obama on Medicare

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The top House Republican responsible for Medicare says he's open to other approaches besides privatization to curb the program's costs.

Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp of Michigan told reporters Thursday he still supports the GOP plan to replace Medicare with a voucher-like payment for future retirees. But Camp said he's not interested in laying down more political markers and wants solutions President Barack Obama can sign into law.

Options include recommendations from Obama's debt commission that would increase out-of-pocket costs for some beneficiaries and cut payments to medical providers.

Camp spoke as White House and congressional negotiators opened talks on a budget compromise that would clear the way for a must-do increase in the nation's debt limit.

The House GOP's Medicare plan has failed to catch on with voters.

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