APNewsBreak: Upper-income Seniors' Medicare Hike

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Barack Obama


income brackets


WASHINGTON (AP) — President 's plan to raise premiums for upper-income seniors would create five new to squeeze more revenue for the government from the top tiers of retirees, the revealed Friday.


Kathleen Sebelius

controversial proposal

First details of the plan emerged after Health and Human Services Secretary testified to Congress on the president's budget. As released two days earlier, the budget included only a vague description of a that has grown more ambitious since Obama last floated it.

"Means testing" has been part of Medicare since the George W. Bush administration, but ramping it up is bound to stir controversy. Republicans are intrigued, but most Democrats don't like the idea.

The plan itself is complicated. The bottom line is not: more money for the government.

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