August 1, 2011

CRANK JUST THESE THREE UP AND DOUBLE THE SAVINGS:

Five cuts the debt commission might make to Medicare, Medicaid (Suzy Khimm, 8/01/11, Washington Post)

1) Raise the Medicare eligibility age, increase premiums for wealthy recipients, and increase deductibles and co-pays. President Obama backed all of these changes during the negotiations last month, echoing the details of the deficit-reduction plan from Sens. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), which would save $600 billion in Medicare spending. The Lieberman-Coburn plan is "the most likely model for Medicare cuts from a bipartisan fiscal committee," says Tevi Troy, a former George W. Bush staffer and health policy expert. Those changes would elicit howls from liberals and make it tougher for Democrats to cast themselves as the program's staunchest defenders, but the White House's backing could override these concerns.


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