"With the government wallowing in deficit spending, it is understandable and even encouraging that congressional Republicans are thinking about requiring high-income retirees to pay more for their Medicare coverage. ... Many Democrats, but not all, warn that the Republicans are venturing onto sacrosanct ground. ... Better this approach than cutting benefits or increasing premiums for all 40 million beneficiaries. The upper-bracket premiums offer the barest wisp of a hope that the Republicans may yet face up to the huge imbalances they have been creating-and then ducking."
-New York Times