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Designed to fail

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Among the most skeptical attacks on the House Republican bill were frequent accusations that it was designed to collapse as a step to force complete Medicare overhaul. Typical of that line of debate, Massachusetts Democrat Rep. Olver described the program as designed obsolescence. "The Republican plan is carefully designed to fail, not immediately, of course, certainly not before the November election," Olver said. "It is being polished to look like gold until after the election. But next year when everyone realizes this plan was virtually useless and worthless, fool's gold, that failure will be used as a spear to attack Medicare, the hammer the Republicans hope to use to privatize Medicare," he predicted
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