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In meeting with Obama, Rubio presses Medicare reform

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio had a prominent role in a private meeting Republicans had today with President Obama, pressing him on the need for entitlement reform in the debate over reducing the national debt.

Rubio invoked Florida's heavy population of retirees and told the president his own mother depends on Medicare and Social Security, an aide confirmed. He stressed the Republican position that something needs to be done now to preserve the programs for future generations.

For Republicans, that includes a controversial House proposal that would convert Medicare into a voucher program but only for people currently under age 55. Rubio has generally embraced that proposal, which Democrats and Obama have decried and hope to use in the upcoming elections.

"The President thanked Senator Rubio for his comments and agreed on the need to preserve Medicare for current retirees like Marco's mom and for future generations," an aide said. "The President indicated that while both sides have disagreements on the issue, there could be a meeting of the minds in making Medicare more efficient."

Posted by Alex Leary at 1:51:47 pm on May 12, 2011