Passing the Buck on Health Care

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Passing the Buck on Health Care Published: February 12, 2007 President Bush’s new budget would extend the administration’s warped priorities deep into the realm of federally supported health care programs. The administration long ago sacrificed any meaningful domestic agenda to finance tax cuts for the wealthy and its reckless war in Iraq. The White House’s reckless determination to make the tax cuts permanent is now driving it to slash domestic spending in health and other vital programs. Instead of trying to address the underlying problems of escalating health care costs, Mr. Bush’s strategy is to cut services or shift more of the bill to states, health care providers and individuals. In the Medicare program, which covers health care for Americans aged 65 and over, the administration would find most of its savings by slowing the annual increase in reimbursements for services, forcing hospitals and other providers to absorb the burden. Given Medicare’s precarious financial straits, the package appears broadly acceptable. The real outrage is that the administration has not proposed comparable reductions in the
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This note was uploaded on 12/05/2010 for the course ENGL 1A taught by Professor Churchill during the Fall '08 term at Mt. SAC.

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