The National Coalition on Health Care and the Moment of Truth Project have released a new paper analyzing proposed reforms to the Medicare delivery and payment systems.
Asking Medicare beneficiaries, especially those with greater financial means, to pay more for their care, and modernizing cost sharing rules should be part of any package to control Medicare spending in a comprehensive deficit reduction plan
Eliminating the unjustified increases in spending and reduced revenues from the current inaccurate measure of inflation should be a priority for any comprehensive deficit reduction plan.
A closer look at proposed cost-sharing reforms for Medicare
A principled comprehensive deficit reduction proposal
A new version of "Measuring Up: The Case for the Chained CPI"
“Addressing our fiscal challenges will require many tough choices and policy changes – but switching to the chained CPI represents neither.”
In order to locate resources for needed investments in the context of deficit reduction, the federal government should create a bipartisan “Cut-to-Invest Commission” (CIC) to identify $200 billion over 10 years in budget savings.
As the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (“Super Committee”) deliberates over how to reduce deficits and debt, it is important that they address growing Medicare costs, and that they do so with a special focus on “bending” the health care cost curve.
It was with this principle in mind – that the burden must be spread equally and that Washington must lead by example – that the Bowles-Simpson recommended that federal civil service and military retirement programs be re-evaluated by a federal workforce entitlement task force that would make recommendations for reforms to reduce the costs of those programs to taxpayers.