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Bipartisan Report Focuses On Issues Driving Up Costs

(Kaiser Health News) Among the reasons behind the nation’s seemingly inexorable rise in medical spending are the practice of rewarding doctors and hospitals for volume rather than efficiency of care and the tax break given to consumers for their job-based health insurance, according to a report out Thursday from the Bipartisan Policy Center, a think tank in Washington.
The report highlighted more than a dozen issues which are helping to drive up the U.S. health care bill. None will surprise policy wonks: expensive new technology, an aging population beset by chronic illness and high prices for medical services…
Thursday’s report is the first from the center’s cost containment initiative, which is led by former Senate Majority Leaders Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) and Bill Frist (R-Tenn.), former Sen. Pete Domenici (R-N.M.) and former Congressional Budget Office Director Alice Rivlin. The center says its next report, due out early next year, will include specific strategies for dealing with each of the issues.
Community: Why is the word “bipartisan” in the name of this outfit? Are they trying to fool us into thinking they’ll recommend what’s really best for most of us, as opposed to what further enriches the Disease Care Industrial Complex? Where do they get their funding?
The inclusion of Republicans and only conservative Democrats in the management makes me suspicious that the recommendations will include more ways to rob us.
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