President: Entitlement Changes Key To Budget

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

President Barack Obama says he likes the idea of increasing income limits for those receiving Social Security disability payments, but also says it costs money.

The president on Thursday told a town hall-style meeting in New Mexico that he is open to giving federal disability payments to more people. But he said it has to be part of a broader review of government entitlements, such as Medicare and Medicaid.

He says changing entitlement programs is a major piece in his plan to rein in federal spending. He says his team is going through the budget line by line to eliminate waste.

President Obama says that disability claims have gone up during the economic downturn.


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