We hear a lot about how Medicare spending is out of control and will bankrupt the federal government if left unchecked. Against that backdrop, a report issued by the Department of Health and Human Services today includes findings that might surprise some people.
Don't be fooled by the overheated rhetoric from our political leaders or, more predictably, the media; we're back to business as usual in Washington. And we can thank those political outsiders who demanded we do things differently.
Working Americans are paying the price as the parameters of the current debate around the deficit, budget and the so-called fiscal cliff are being defined by the likes of Goldman Sachs. There can be little doubt that working people are not represented in Washington.
A 2009 article offered a tantalizing prospect for policymakers: figure out how to make the country's high-cost McAllens look more like El Pasos and save billions, ensure the solvency of Medicare and reduce the economic drag of health care spending