Federal Debt Commission Makes Unrealistic Recommendations

Every few months, my husband and I go through and balance our budget.  We tend to cut down on unnecessary items, but wouldn’t dream of cutting the money we put aside for healthcare. Our family’s prudent approach isn’t necessarily a reflection of what the government does when it makes budget cuts, evidenced by the recently released “chairman’s mark” preliminary report.

2 comments on "Federal Debt Commission Makes Unrealistic Recommendations"
tkerr (11/16/2010 at 1:51 PM)

Everybody wants to go to heaven and nobody wants to die! A larger problem than cutbacks in healthcare payments to providers is the looming finacial train wreck if we dont reduce our deficit. Every group that is targeted, defense, farming, healthcare etc. will scream but EVERYONE must take a hit if we are to restore sanity to our fiscal policy. Suck it up and do better with less is the new reality for all Americans.
rswift (11/15/2010 at 11:10 PM)

I think the commission co-chairs did a pretty good job with their recommendations. Unfortunately, everyone thinks that there is an area that cannot be cut - be it health care, defense or farm subsidies. The reality of our healthcare system is that we are spending more per capita than every other country and with lower outcomes, have nothing to show for it. I agree that the answer is not ONLY unit cost reductions, but instead it requires a fundemental change in how we finance and pay for care. None of us may like the fee cuts, but to date nothing else has forced us to change the way we pay for & deliver care.


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