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Washington's Favorite Game: Chicken

You know that the political theater company has taken over the game when players enter the stage for effect, as was the case when Erskine Bowles recommended raising the Social Security eligibility age to 67 as part of the (So-Far-Less-Than) Super Committee efforts to trim $1.2 trillion off the deficit in the next decade.

 

The whole idea of the committee was to concentrate the debate on the budget deficit to a small committee. In theory the move was to empower a more agile group that could make decisions, but that’s was always a façade that attempted to hide the obvious partisan strings that are still being bounced. So looking at this week’s little skit on raising Medicare eligibility one had to wonder what the point was. The White House certainly does not want to touch that third rail of politics of taking back benefits for seniors, and the GOP is sticking by its line of net cost reduction with no new taxes. Not to mention that an economist or two piped in to say raising the eligibility age only shifts cost from Medicare back to the economy.

 

Most irritating is that if we assume that both sides know good and well that raising the eligibility age is not viable, then this is nothing but a diversion to what is shaping up to be a stalemate long past the Thanksgiving deadline.

 

 

 

 

 

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Hope Lives For Super Panel's Success Despite Gridlock : NPR

Hope Lives For Super Panel's Success Despite Gridlock : NPR | Healthcare Leadership | Scoop.it
If second marriages are the triumph of hope over experience, so is the belief that the congressional deficit super committee in a city riven by partisan distrust will reach agreement on spending cuts by its deadline now only three weeks away.
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Herman Cain's Affair With Health Insurers in the '90s Made Him Famous - Huffington Post

Herman Cain's Affair With Health Insurers in the '90s Made Him FamousHuffington PostSoon after President Bill Clinton unveiled his health care reform proposal in October 1993, the nation's big insurers and other special interests joined forces...
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CMS to Float Physician Reporting Rules on Pay from Drug, Device Firms

CMS to Float Physician Reporting Rules on Pay from Drug, Device Firms | Healthcare Leadership | Scoop.it
As the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services prepares guidelines on value transfers, physicians, hospitals, and manufacturers are rightly worri...
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Raising Medicare Eligibility Age Erodes Social Security Benefits, New Study Shows

Raising Medicare Eligibility Age Erodes Social Security Benefits, New Study Shows | Healthcare Leadership | Scoop.it
A proposal to increase the Medicare eligibility age, which the Super Committee is considering, would drive up health care costs to the point where they would consume almost half of the Social Security check of a middle-class retiree.
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