How Democrats and Republicans Unite Behind Unsustainable Medicare Cost Growth

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How Democrats and Republicans Unite Behind Unsustainable Medicare Cost Growth

The Government We Deserve
November 9, 2009

Abstract

Should Medicare set prices for what it covers? Should it determine what services it will cover? During the health reform debate, these questions have dogged attempts to reduce unsustainable Medicare cost growth. At the most basic level, the questions are silly. Of course Medicare sets prices. Of course it determines what services it will cover. It just doesn't do it very wellfor reasons ranging from limited administrative power to constant political interference.

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