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The Final Stretch

The ideological divides between the House and Senate and between Republicans and Democrats are coming to a head as Medicare negotiators move into the final stretch in drafting a bill. Opponents continued this week to criticize the bill, especially the doughnut hole in the benefit and the risks of private plan options — criticisms which […]

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How Much Things Change?

?and how much they stay the same. The health policy debates on both sides of the Atlantic are remarkably similar. There are entrenched forces determined to resist change and fight to the end for solidarity, even if it means the decline and decay of the very programs they are trying to protect. And there are […]

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Down to the Wire

Medicare conferees appear to have completed work on the specifics of a prescription drug benefit for Medicare that basically follows the House structure. And now the fun begins. Senate Democrats announced yesterday that the magic number of 41 senators ? enough to sustain a filibuster ? vowed to vote against any bill that eventually would […]

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Getting It Right

The bad news: Seniors learned this week that they will face their biggest Medicare premium increase in a decade ? to $66.60 a month, starting next year ? at the same time Medicare conference negotiators have plans to force higher income seniors to pay even bigger premiums. This is dangerous politics and backwards policy. The […]

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Innovation or Reversion

Consumer choice is poised to revolutionize the health insurance and health care markets in the U.S., and Medicare better pay attention. The 70 million Baby Boomers who will start entering the Medicare program in eight years will demand the kind of choices in Medicare they are beginning to receive through their jobs today. Join us […]

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