call from President Obama to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Thursday didn't seem to break the deadlock between Democrats and Republicans in the ongoing year-end budget talks. Earlier on Thursday, a top Senate Democrat quashed a proposal to raise the Medicare eligibility age, as Boehner continued to insist that spending cuts deeper than Obama has proposed must be part of the deal. He insists that Obama's refusal to budge on that matter is why there is no agreement yet to avoid the impending tax hikes and spending cuts set to hit on Jan. 1. Obama, on the other hand, says the problem is that Republicans in the House "are resistant to the idea of the wealthiest Americans paying higher tax rates."
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