President Obama has again acknowledged the necessity of doing something many Democrats fiercely oppose — reforming entitlement programs, such as Medicare and Social Security.

On a Midwest bus tour stop in Minnesota, Obama spoke in favor of changes to entitlement programs being eyed by the 12-member congressional committee charged with finding budget savings that will get past partisan gridlock, stave off future credit downgrades and increase the federal debt limit by $1.5 trillion.

The president has repeatedly conceded that something must be done, saying Medicare in particular cannot survive without reform.

“We will not be able to sustain that program no matter how much taxes go up,” he said in late July. “I mean, it’s not an option for us to just sit by and do nothing.”

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