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Thu Nov 8, 2012, 05:01 PM

Coalition pushes new proposal to avoid Medicare, Medicaid cuts

Source: Los Angeles Times

WASHINGTON – With President Obama and congressional Republicans turning to address the looming budget crisis, a coalition of consumer groups, labor unions and major employers is pushing new approaches to control federal health spending without cutting benefits for seniors and others who rely on Medicare and Medicaid.

The plan, released Thursday by the National Coalition on Health Care, includes several potentially controversial proposals such as a new penny-per-ounce federal tax on sweetened beverages and tougher penalties on under-performing hospitals.

But coalition President John Rother said policies that make healthcare more efficient and change Americans’ unhealthy behavior will be critical if policymakers want to avoid simply shifting more costs on seniors and other vulnerable Americans who rely on government health programs.

“Unless we do the kinds of things that we are talking about, I’m afraid we are going to see some meat-ax kind of cuts,” said Rother, a veteran Washington health policy expert and former AARP senior executive. “This is an effort to avoid some of the more heavy-handed strategies.”
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Read more: http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-coalition-healthcare-medicare-cuts-20121108,0,935875.story



By Noam N. Levey
November 8, 2012, 11:01 a.m.

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limpyhobbler Nov 2012 OP
msongs Nov 2012 #1
Vincardog Nov 2012 #2
jwirr Nov 2012 #3
bread_and_roses Nov 2012 #4
limpyhobbler Nov 2012 #5

Response to limpyhobbler (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 05:07 PM

1. a transaction fee on derivative trading and all that sort of stuff nt

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Thu Nov 8, 2012, 05:31 PM

2. Or we could save tens of billions by requiring drug price negotiations.

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Response to limpyhobbler (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 08:28 PM

3. Obviously lifting the ceiling is off the table.

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Response to limpyhobbler (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 08:44 PM

4. Oh, screw their regressive tax on sweetened drinks - TAX THE RICH

Tax the rich. Tax the Corporations. We can "solve this problem" pretty much by just letting the Bush tax cuts expire.

I'm sure the food police will love this one. I am as much an opponent of the vile corn syrup as anyone, but trying to police people's food choices by enacting regressive taxes is NOT a solution.

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Thu Nov 8, 2012, 11:56 PM

5. lol good point

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