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Senators, experts support current Medicare policy

Sen. Bill Nelson (AP photo/John Raoux)
Sen. Bill Nelson (AP photo/John Raoux)

Wholesale cuts in the Medicare program have no political support and will backfire because that will merely shift health care costs elsewhere if implemented, several senators and health care policy experts agreed Wednesday at a Senate hearing on the issue.

Instead, the most effective way of reducing federal health care costs is moving across-the-board away from the current fee-for-service reimbursement system.

Nelson acknowledged that “Congress faces a budget crisis that once again puts the debate on exploding health costs — and by association the Medicare program — front and center.”

But he said that a recent report by the Congressional Budget Office had provided some “good news,” that federal spending on Medicare has been significantly lower than predicted over the past three years.

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