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What makes Paul Ryan confident in his Medicare plan?

Here's a question for Paul Ryan, or anyone who supports Paul Ryan's plan: Why are the cost savings in his bill possible, while the cost savings in the Affordable Care Act aren't? Ryan has been warning that one of the...

By Ezra Klein  | February 7, 2011; 10:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  Health Reform, Medicare  
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A worst-of-both-worlds health system

Earlier in the week, I wrote about a report that cost controls in Medicare are driving some doctors to abandon the system and focus their efforts on patients whose insurance companies will pay them more money. The problem is that...

By Ezra Klein  | December 3, 2010; 5:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Medicare  
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What happens when Medicare controls costs too well

There's one school of thought that says Congress is incapable of controlling costs in Medicare, and then there's, well, this: Want an appointment with kidney specialist Adam Weinstein of Easton, Md.? If you're a senior covered by Medicare, the wait...

By Ezra Klein  | November 29, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  Health Economics, Medicare  
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Is Medicare Advantage Worth It?

The argument over Medicare Advantage is pretty simple: The program, which allows private providers to compete for Medicare patients, was supposed to cost as much or less than traditional Medicare. It actually costs 114 percent of what Medicare costs. Democrats...

By Ezra Klein  | September 29, 2009; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Health Reform, Medicare  
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What MedPAC Recommendations Look Like

I've talked a lot today about MedPAC recommendations. It occurred to me that I should, you know, actually link to some so you can see what they look like. So here are MedPAC's March recommendations on reforming the Medicare payment...

By Ezra Klein  | June 3, 2009; 5:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Health Reform, Medicare  
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