President Barack Obama today widened the hairline cracks in the Democrats’ united front against the wave of reformist, budget-cutting Republicans who were elected in 2010.

He did this by publicly endorsing Medicare means testing that would deny benefits to wealthier Americans.

If adopted, the change would shift the universal Medicare program from a social insurance program for everyone to a welfare program for poor Americans.

Democrats have resisted such a shift for decades out of fear that such would undermine widespread middle class support for government health care programs.

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