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    day...When you do hear the phrase 'Medicare cuts,' do not go into immediate panic mode. And I say this as someone who lives and dies--quite literally--on Medicare. There is still a lot of lobbyist-induced, Congress-abetted fat that NEEDS to go. For example, all of the 'durable goods' providers are VASTLY overpaid. [Anything you see advertised on TV that is Medicare-reimbursable is an example.] And the way Big Pharma rigged the game under Bush. And Medicare Advantage. And how primary care visits should get more; procedures, less.

    There are a lot of REFORMS that need to be made to save BILLIONS. But lobbyists with millions/billions/gazillions at stake  will turn these complex issues into political tennis balls and inflame the debate into: 'Obama axemurdering grandma!' You can bank on it.

    So far under Obama, we beneficiaries have netted MORE Medicare benefits. Those are facts.

    Ho'oponopono. To make things right; restore harmony; heal.

    by earicicle on Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 02:54:48 PM PST

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