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  •  So the new spin frame is "Medicare savings" (0+ / 0-)

    Who are they going to sell that to?  Oh, I know.  I can hear the "lesser evil" argument coming.....

    •  14 Billion a year in 2011 to private health (2+ / 0-)
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      eps62, Constantly Amazed

      insurance company in subsidies by the US Government for those who offer Medicare Advantage or Medicare Part D.  

      These subsidies were originally offered to encourage private health insurance companies to participate in offering MA to this high risk pool of retirees or seniors.  The belief was that once private health insurance got involved, they could provide "medicare" at a more competitive cost than based free market nonsense.

      The Medicare Advantage program costs 12% more to operate than real Medicare, because of that darned Profit + non-government executive salaries + government subsidies means that the only "advantage" in Medicare Advantage is really for the private insurance companies profit margin.

      This is one place to cut Medicare costs.  

      "Out of Many, One Nation." This is the great promise of the United States of America -9.75 -6.87

      by Uncle Moji on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 04:16:51 PM PST

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    •  You may recall (0+ / 0-)

      that Obamacare posits significant savings in Medicare by pruning administration costs and cutting back on fraud.

      Why not go the whole hog, and let Medicare purchase generic drugs & negotiate for prices with Big Pharma? There's a whole lotta savings right there.

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