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Obama vs Romney on the Issues

Entitlements: Obama's Policy Positions—PICTURES

June 22, 2012

Below are some of President Obama's positions on entitlements:

MEDICARE: The Affordable Care Act retains the entitlement structure of Medicare but tinkers with the ways the program pays doctors, hospitals, and other providers.(SUSAN WALSH/AP)

MEDICAID: Obama’s health care law is set to dramatically increase the size of the federal-state Medicaid program in 2014, extending eligibility nationwide to all individuals and families earning up to 133 percent of the federal poverty limit, or about $29,000 for a family of four.(DAVID KARP/AP)

SOCIAL SECURITY: The president has been vague about his plans for Social Security but has said he will not cut benefits for current retirees or “slash” them for future beneficiaries.(SUSAN WALSH/AP)


FOOD STAMPS: Obama defends the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and criticizes proposals to cut subsidies or convert the program into a block grant for states. During his presidency, the number of Americans relying on food stamps has ballooned as incomes have fallen during the economic downturn.(PAUL BEATY/AP)

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