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Is Obama Cooking the Medicare Books?

oldnjal Wrote: Apr 28, 2012 7:19 AM
Very serious mistakes. Why make more? About 43 cents, of every dollar spent, is borrowed. Our debt is close to the GDP. Ghost of Brietbart seems to be condemning the spending and vote of Ryan and Bush. Obviously, they oppose more spending, and would not vote for Obama. They would, then, be part of the answer, and not part of the problem.

A new Obama administration report claims that health reform (ObamaCare) will save taxpayers $200 billion in the Medicare program through 2016. To what do we owe this good fortune? A good chunk of the savings, we are told, will be produced by lowering "excessive payments" to Medicare Advantage plans. These are plans operated by such private insurers as Aetna, Humana and WellPoint. They typically provide seniors with the kind of comprehensive coverage non-seniors have.

Another source of savings will be lower payments to doctors, hospitals and other providers to reflect their "improved productivity."

Finally, the administration expects efficiencies...