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  •  Medicare & Medicaid on the chopping block (2+ / 0-)
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    Obama Looks for Big Health Cuts, Worrying Democrats

    WASHINGTON — As Congress opens a politically charged exploration of ways to pare the deficit, President Obama is expected to seek hundreds of billions of dollars in savings in Medicare and Medicaid, delighting Republicans and dismaying many Democrats who fear that his proposals will become a starting point for bigger cuts in the popular health programs.

    The president made clear his intentions in his speech to a joint session of Congress last week when, setting forth a plan to create jobs and revive the economy, he said he disagreed with members of his party “who don’t think we should make any changes at all to Medicare and Medicaid.”

    Few Democrats fit that description. But many say that if, as expected, Mr. Obama next week proposes $300 billion to $500 billion of savings over 10 years in entitlement programs, he will provide political cover for a new bipartisan Congressional committee to cut just as much or more.

    Fired up, yet?

    •  This whole situation is so damn depressing (2+ / 0-)
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      radv005, bluicebank

      Once again Obama is running against Democratic ideals. But hey, he is Team D so it must be a good thing -- right??

    •  Cuts could mean anything (1+ / 0-)
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      I share your worry that this means raising the age or cutting essential coverage, but it could also mean reducing subsidies to Medicare Advantage or allowing it to negotiate drug prices. Either of these could save billions.

      "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

      by kovie on Tue Sep 13, 2011 at 12:57:14 PM PDT

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    •  Savings. Not Benefit Cuts. (0+ / 0-)

      Frankly, given that our national health care costs per capita are over twice the next costliest national cost (and they cover everyone and damn near everything) it is entirely possible that well over $500 Billion in savings could be squeezed out of Medicare and Medicaid.

      If they don't cut benefits, but force out fraud and waste, do we have a problem with that?  

      Someone in a very expensive suit is at the front door and says he wants to foreclose on our democracy. Where should I tell him he can put his robosigning pen?

      by Into The Woods on Tue Sep 13, 2011 at 05:10:44 PM PDT

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