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    Administration Offers Health Care Cuts as Part of Budget Negotiations

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/05/us/05deficit.html

    WASHINGTON Obama administration officials are offering to cut tens of billions of dollars from Medicare and Medicaid in negotiations to reduce the federal budget deficit, but the depth of the cuts depends on whether Republicans are willing to accept any increases in tax revenues.

    Administration officials and Republican negotiators say the money can be taken from health care providers like hospitals and nursing homes without directly imposing new costs on needy beneficiaries or radically restructuring either program.

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    Re: Administration Offers Health Care Cuts as Part of Budget Negotiations

    color me intensely suspicious - simply claiming to have reduced these programs expenditures by slashing payments to providers may save money - but it will singificantly reduce access and services; and create massive incentives for Congress to do what it does now every time it passes a "doc fix" bill.

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    Re: Administration Offers Health Care Cuts as Part of Budget Negotiations

    IE Pass an appropriations bill to nullify the doc fix.

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