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By Modern Healthcare
Posted: November 24, 2012 - 12:01 am ET

“Controlling healthcare costs is vital to the nation's economic health.”
“What a coincidence that just a week after the election, a Washington think tank described as an idea factory for President Barack Obama presented a plan for significant federal budget savings through cuts in Medicare. The pre-election rhetoric from the White House was all about fighting tooth and nail against Republicans planning to cut Medicare. Yet … the liberal-leaning Center for American Progress released a blueprint for cuts in Medicare that mostly targets service providers and higher-income Medicare recipients. While this blueprint pretends to keep services intact, it raises questions about who would be left to provide them. And the plan attempts to completely shield the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid as Congress gets ready to attempt to turn the nation away from the fiscal cliff. … Republicans have already blasted the plan as not credible, saying that all healthcare programs, including Medicaid and Obamacare, must be on the table. … While waiting until after the election to present a plan that cuts from Medicare may be politically savvy—some might say cynical—at least it recognizes that controlling healthcare costs is vital to the nation's economic health.”

—Albuquerque Journal

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“The best thing for America is to dive off the fiscal cliff. Yet Congress, as deeply divided as it is, is almost certain to stop Bush-era tax cuts from expiring and mandatory spending reductions in defense and entitlement programs from taking place. The problem is that steps like those are precisely what we must do, sooner or later, to restore balance to the federal budget. Less painful actions won't do the job. So why not start now? Congress probably hasn't got the nerve. Only by a combination of tax increases and cuts in the big-money spending programs—Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, defense—can we begin to eat away at the cancer of national debt. Simply cutting back on discretionary spending … won't begin to do the job. … We have come to believe that we'll never have to pay the federal debt, that we can just keep borrowing forever, that there's no tomorrow. But tomorrow will come. There will be a reckoning, and the longer we wait to do something about it the worse it will be. So let's join hands and jump off the cliff. Cliff diving is dangerous sport, and only the brave are qualified to take part.”

—Paris (Tenn.) Post-Intelligencer

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