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Florida Republican will push bill allowing veterans to get private health care

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Republican congressman overseeing a U.S. House panel investigation into delays in veterans’ treatment demanded on Friday that Veteran Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki allow patients to seek emergency private health care. The VA’s Inspector General’s office is also investigating allegations that long waiting times were covered up…

Romney promises if elected he’ll voucherize Medicare

By Andrew Beatty WASHINGTON — Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney laid out his vision for “simpler, smaller and smarter” government Friday, vowing to raise the retirement age and partly privatize US seniors’ healthcare. Unveiling his plan to trim the US deficit by $500 billion by 2016, Romney said he would…