How Medicare and the impasse in Washington might play out

| October 9, 2013 | 0 Comments | Email This Post Email This Post

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Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer

Obama and Boehner failed to reach such an accord in 2011 and again last December. Leaders of both parties say problems that killed those negotiations remain, and it’s nearly impossible to resolve them before Oct. 17.

Obama told The Associated Press in an interview Friday he would be willing to negotiate with Republicans on health care, deficit reduction and spending — but only if Boehner allows votes to reopen the government and increase the nation’s borrowing limit.

Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C., laughed out loud when told that Democrats will negotiate on budget matters after the debt ceiling is raised unconditionally.

“If they are judging whether or not they’re going to move based upon politics, and we’re judging whether or not we’re going to move based upon principle, it’s going to be very, very difficult to find a way out of this,” Mulvaney said.

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