The politics of Medicare
The battle over cuts in Medicare payments that could affect 52 million Americans reaches a fevered pitch over the Fourth of July weekend.
Over the Fourth of July weekend, the battle over 10% cuts in Medicare reaches a fevered pitch. At stake are payments to 600,000 doctors who care for 52 million people, a big percent of the voting population in an election year. Neither Republicans nor Democrats want the cuts to go through, but the Senate failed to prevent them by just one vote. That's pitted the doctors against the insurance industry in an advertising frenzy designed to influence action.
- Anna Mathews: Reporter, "Wall Street Journal"
- Nancy Nielsen: President, American Medical Association
- Joseph Antos: healthcare policy expert, American Enterprise Institute
- Robert Berenson: Senior Fellow in Health Policy, Urban Institute
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