The debt deal will undo Obamacare

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  • The Budget Control Act of 2011 will make policymakers realize that we need to deep cuts to #ObamaCare

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  • Because the committee will be evenly divided between House and Senate, GOP and Democrat, it is doomed @JoeAntos #budget

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  • Unless the gov't starts growing quickly, we have another $2 trillion in cuts to make

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The Budget Control Act of 2011 ties increases in the federal debt limit to cuts in spending on a dollar-for-dollar basis. In a deal described by one opponent as a “sugar-coated Satan sandwich,” President Obama agreed that Medicare should be put on the chopping block along with other federal programs. That could prove to be the thread that unravels the massive expansion of health spending created in last year’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Joseph Antos is the Wilson H. Taylor scholar in healthcare and retirement policy at the AEI.

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