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How Woodrow Wilson, FDR and LBJ worked the Congress.

• Mark Schmitt looks at the politics of the CBO..

Who controls the doctor-patient relationship?

The good, and bad, of heart care (and American medicine!).

• The best Iran policy? Do nothing.

You know, the wildly different attitudes CNBC and MSNBC have toward this administration really call into question the idea that the overlord corporation has much to do with the editorial content.

By Ezra Klein  |  July 27, 2009; 6:09 PM ET
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Why is Doug Elmendorf closing off every door to control costs?

Why is he putting his thumb on the scales?

Posted by: reach80 | July 27, 2009 7:10 PM | Report abuse

I don't see how any objective analysis could say that the MedPac proposal WOULD save more than 2 billion dollars. In absense of actual proposals to cut costs I think that the administration is exactly right to say that its just another tool but not a scoreable difference. If there were serious debate going on right now for how to best enable MedPac to be completely insulated from political pressures so that they would ahve the unquestioned ability to cut costs even in the face of public dissent then maybe the score would be different. But as long as politicians get veto power then I think its highly likely that there would be minimal savings at best- because politicians have shown over and over that they do not have the stomach to vote for significant savings.

Posted by: spotatl | July 27, 2009 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Bottom line- if Obama wants credit for proposing actual cost savings he should actually propose actual cost savings. Not just hint around that he might be open to controlling costs at some point far into the future.

Posted by: spotatl | July 27, 2009 8:16 PM | Report abuse

How about this link to save a few bil:

Too many chubbies in the old USA.

Posted by: staticvars | July 28, 2009 10:00 AM | Report abuse

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