Democrats were clearly unhappy Tuesday that President Obama is entertaining the idea of trimming the size of future Social Security payments as part of a deal with House Speaker John Boehner to avoid the fiscal cliff. But with time running out before a Jan. 1 deadline, even liberals in the Massachusetts delegation said they would not necessarily vote against a final package that contained such a cut to a centerpiece New Deal program. Some Democrats appear to be viewing the Social Security cut as the lesser of two evils, compared to the other major idea for entitlement program cuts that has been floated in Washington: raising the Medicare eligibility age from 65 to 67. House minority whip Steny Hoyer said Tuesday that raising the Medicare age is a “much more sensitive’’ issue.
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