Republican Plan to Overhaul US-Run Health Programs

U.S. Republicans on Tuesday proposed $6 trillion in spending cuts over a decade, including a politically risky overhaul of government-run health programs, while also slashing tax rates as part of their 2012 budget blueprint. The budget proposal comes as Congress and President Barack Obama are arguing over the 2011 budget — six months into the fiscal year — and trying to avoid a government shutdown Friday when money runs out. The Republicans’ 2012 plan, unveiled by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, is sure to deepen a battle over government spending with Obama’s Democrats as the two sides ramp up to the 2012 election season.


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