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Fiscal deal makes social programs more vulnerable

WASHINGTON — The lack of spending cuts in legislation that averted the fiscal cliff will place enormous pressure on entitlement programs such as Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and even the president’s new heath insurance plan when negotiations begin in coming weeks to reduce the deficit, analysts said Wednesday.

The legislation passed this week delayed by two months the implementation of automatic across-the-board cuts in discretionary spending. Now President Obama and Republicans are hoping to use that breathing room to come up with specific cuts, which could affect an array of social programs that are vital to many lower and middle-income Americans.

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