NYT: Health care cuts proposed in deficit negotiations - politics - The New York Times - msnbc.com
This is brilliant politics by the BHO administration. They are cutting so-called entitlement/mandate programs, which is a core demand of the GOP. Now the GOP must respond, either accepting the proposal, or rejecting it as insufficient. If it is accepted, even in the context of other concessions by the White House, voters will know whom to blame when their out-of-pocket healthcare costs skyrocket. The Democrts will say they were being held up at gunpont by the GOP, and had to offer these concessions.
If the GOP rejects the offer of Medicare/Medicaid cuts, they will infuriate part of their (libertarian) base while exposing themselves as political cowards and as being insincere about cutting to the bone.