The Right Fixes For Medicare
Medicare reform is going to happen. Ezekiel Emanuel (Rahm’s brother, pictured) and Jeffrey Liebman penned an op-ed yesterday with suggestions for reforms that could preserve Medicare and cut costs substantially.
Smart cuts eliminate spending on medical tests, treatments and procedures that don’t work — or that cost significantly more than other treatments while delivering no better health outcomes. And they can be made without shortchanging patients. There are plenty of examples
The suggestions are not revolutionary to anyone who pays attention to these issues. Emanuel and Liebman also point out the difficulties with getting them done.
THE sad truth is, Washington is never going to do a good job of making smart cuts to Medicare. Elected officials hate being blamed for directly restricting access to medical treatments — even when those treatments are proven to be worthless.
That’s the problem. Whenever realistic changes to Medicare are proposed, Democrats scream about cutting benefits, Republicans call it “death panels,” and the Tea Party (largely old and white) seems to forget that Medicare is a government program that they love. And while the aging of the Baby Boomers puts more pressure on Medicare, it also creates more constituents who will fight any change, even those needed to save it.Click here for reuse options!
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