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  •  All bullshit (2+ / 0-)
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    wewantthetruth, big mouth

    if you REALLY want to save money in Medicare allow for negotiating price of drugs.  The money supposedly saved by means testing (and undermining Medicare) can be saved by simply allowing the gov't to negotiate prices and it won't undermine the system.

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    by DisNoir36 on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 04:36:24 AM PST

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    •  Drugs are about 1/6th of the total costs (0+ / 0-)

      so, even if you magically could negotiate them down to zero, with the normal rates of health care inflation we're back to square one in 3 or 4 years.

      The only thing that will make a substantial difference is to go from a procedure based to outcome based reimbursement system.

      and of course, NO ONE wants that - too many powerful interests are invested in the current gravy train.

      •  right (0+ / 0-)

        so don't even bother.......geez.

        mittens=edsel. no matter how much money is spent to promote it, if the product sucks, no one will buy it.

        by wewantthetruth on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 07:26:38 AM PST

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      •  Roadbed Guy, what you're suggesting is part (0+ / 0-)

        of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  But the Administration has committed to paper (in budget and proposals) many more Medicare cuts than just the implementation of an "outcome based" reimbursement system.

        The document I quoted is directly off the White House website.  It is "for real."

        If you disagree with the drastic premium hikes, etc., please call the White House.

        “If a dog won’t come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” -- Woodrow Wilson

        by musiccitymollie on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 10:27:54 AM PST

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