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President defends Medicare, Medicaid in inaugural address

The Hill, January 22, 2013
President Obama used his inaugural address Monday to defend popular but expensive entitlement programs, including Medicare. Obama said it is imperative to reduce healthcare costs, but he made clear that he's not on board with Republican plans to dramatically cut Medicare and Medicaid. Entitlement programs "do not make us a nation of takers," Obama said, rejecting part of the principle underlying the push to cut entitlements, particularly Medicaid.