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Health Care Cost Shifting is the Largest Risk to the American People

Senate Democrats Mull Changing Medicare Expansion Plans. The AP (12/11, Werner) reports Senate Democrats “are considering changing a proposed expansion of Medicare to address complaints from doctors and hospitals and defray costs for consumers, officials said Thursday, two days after party leaders hailed it as part of a breakthrough for health care.” Under the plan, “uninsured individuals ages 55 to 64 could purchase coverage under Medicare.” But the American Hospital Association and American Medical Association “have both criticized the proposed Medicare expansion since it was announced Tuesday night, saying the program pays health care providers less than private insurance companies, and warning against increasing the number of patients.”

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December 11, 2009 - Posted by | Cost, Federal Government, healthcare | , , , ,

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