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Opinion

Josh Barro

The poor vs. old election

The 2012 election is a clash between two groups fighting for control over the long-term federal budget. But the groups aren’t Republicans and Democrats — they’re old people and poor people.

Last week, Mitt Romney pledged that as president, he would not only delay implementing Medicare reforms until 2022 — and then only for new retirees — but he would also restore over $700 billion in cuts to Medicare that were included in the Affordable Care Act.

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