Spending – Medicare

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High Level Of Waste In Health Spending, Says Medicare And Medicaid Boss

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/238654.php

[Obviously, then, what we need is even more of the same.  This is so obvious.  Why can’t conservatives see it?]

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Medicare and Social Security Total 50 Percent of Budget by 2030

http://mercatus.org/print/1161979

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Medicare spending is growing faster than the rest of the federal budget

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Medicare shortfall is driving federal deficit spending

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The number of workers per Medicare beneficiary is falling

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Longer life expectancy means longer enrollment in Medicare

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In projecting Medicare’s cost, more realistic assumptions show an even worse outlook

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The burden of Medicare spending on American households is rising

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American taxpayers can’t afford the Medicare status quo

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Medicare benefits are paid for by working Americans

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Seniors receive more in Medicare benefits than they pay in

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Cutting provider payments to lower Medicare costs will hurt access

http://www.heritage.org/research/projects/medicare-at-risk-visualizing-the-need-for-reform#.T75L4mPf2dA?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email;utm_campaign=FHCP

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Some hospitals pay thousands of dollars more than others for big-ticket medical devices such as defibrillators and hip replacements, and a portion of the higher costs could be passed on to the federal Medicare program, a new government report says.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204662204577199431130637776.html?mod=WSJ_hp_MIDDLENexttoWhatsNewsThird

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Competitive bidding can help solve Medicare’s fiscal crisis

http://www.aei.org/print/competitive-bidding-can-help-solve-medicares-fiscal-crisis

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Medicare Shortfall: $38.6 Trillion over 75 years — $328K Per Household

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/medicare-shortfall-386-trillion-over-75-years-328k-household

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Medicare is wasting more than $8 billion on an experimental program that rewards providers of mediocre health care and is unlikely to produce useful results, federal investigators say in a new report.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/23/health/policy/gao-says-medicare-test-project-is-wasting-8-billion.html?_r=1&ref=us&pagewanted=print

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Nonpartisan gov’t auditors rebuke Medicare bonuses

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/nonpartisan-govt-auditors-rebuke-medicare-bonuses

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Medicare’s cash position makes Enron’s business model look downright reputable.

http://www.nationalreview.com/blogs/print/296901

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… the current system of linking star ratings to bonus payments and rebate adjustments instituted by [Obamacare] (and expanded by the CMS Quality Bonus Payment Demonstration) fails to achieve that goal, and depending on its specific implementation, may even be counterproductive.

http://americanactionforum.org/sites/default/files/Medicare%20Star%20Ratings%20Detaching%20Pay%20from%20Performance.pdf

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Medicare And Medicaid Fraud Is Costing Taxpayers Billions

http://www.forbes.com/sites/merrillmatthews/2012/05/31/medicare-and-medicaid-fraud-is-costing-taxpayers-billions/print/

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Premium Support:

Medicare reform is inevitable because its demands on the federal budget are unsustainable.  The question is whether Congress will extend the premium support model to the rest of Medicare or pursue a radical approach that either ignores the existing problems until the program collapses or forces all Americans, seniors and non-seniors alike, into a national, government-run, European-style health care system.

http://thf_media.s3.amazonaws.com/2012/pdf/bg2649.pdf

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The Top Five Flawed Arguments Against Premium Support

http://thf_media.s3.amazonaws.com/2012/pdf/bg2648.pdf

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In a new study, up to half – or more – of older adults on Medicare who had a heart, lung, stomach or bladder test had the same procedure repeated within three years.  Those tests typically aren’t supposed to be routinely repeated, researchers said.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/19/us-repeat-testing-idUSBRE8AI13920121119

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