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It's past time for Congress to pass Medicare reform
It's past time for Congress to pass Medicare reform

House Republicans have no qualms about leaving millions of low-income Americans without health coverage, as evidenced by their repeated votes to repeal Obamacare. But they're so skittish about reducing access to Medicare, the federal insurance program for senior citizens and the disabled, that they may vote for a bill to shore up the program in defiance of their party's deficit hawks. It's past time they did. At issue is the “sustainable growth rate,” a mechanism that Congress adopted in 1997 to hold down the cost of Medicare's Part B coverage for physicians' services. Under the SGR, if the cost per Part B enrollee grows faster than the economy, the...

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