Maybe it was too good to be true. A rare bipartisan
That changed last month, when top Republicans and Democrats on two House and one Senate committee agreed on a proposal to replace the formula with a set of financial incentives for doctors to do higher-quality, more efficient work. The new system would wean Medicare off of its current "fee for service" payment system and usher in new systems that motivated doctors to control costs.
Sadly, that doesn't seem good enough for many lawmakers, who are more fixated on paper savings than real ones. And in the absence of a realistic way to offset the $138 billion, the House approved the one proposed by the GOP: delaying for five years the Affordable Care Act's requirement that all adult Americans obtain health insurance. The new chairman of the