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In Florida, Medicare is not a senior-only issue

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — In Florida, it's not just seniors who express strong feelings about Medicare and the debate over its future.

The issue is playing out in the presidential campaign as well as House and Senate races that will help determine the balance of power on Capitol Hill.

The views are being expressed in recent interviews with Florida voters. And the responses are as varied as the solutions politicians have offered for the expensive entitlement program.

This is where voters find common ground: None express confidence government will provide new generations the benefits now granted to older Americans.

And few say they believe that Obama or Republican challenger Mitt Romney have a practical answer for sustaining a program that accounts for nearly a fifth of federal spending.