Health Care Primer
The United States health care system is larger than the gross domestic product of all but five other nations.
TV ads from a Democratic group warn seniors that “right now, your Medicare coverage is in danger,” claiming “deep, automatic cuts” could be made by “unelected Washington bureaucrats.” But those cut
Last week the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced its second major move towards “bundled payments” in Medicare.
In the midst of a “bleak” time for the nation’s long-term finances, Phil LaRue, The Concord Coalition’s director of government relations, recently noted three small signs of fiscal life in Washington.
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the Social Security and Medicare trustees continue to point out the dangerous consequences of continued failure to put federal finances on a sustainable path. But some lawmakers and candidates are promising large new tax cuts or benefit increases without considering their costs, LaRue writes in a blog post.
The overall budget picture in Washington remains bleak as lawmakers have left town without making any meaningful progress on the appropriations process. They are now anticipating a September scramble to approve a Continuing Resolution (CR) to keep the government open after the new fiscal year begins Oct. 1. This means Congress, yet again, would be falling back on legislation that indiscriminately maintains the funding levels of the previous year, with little or no attention to the necessity of increased or decreased funding levels for important programs.