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Blunt Cites New CMS Report in Calling for Action on Safeguarding Medicare
Date:2/26/2008

n 2007 from 16.0 percent in 2006.

-- By the end of the projection period, health care spending in the United States is expected to reach just over $4.3 trillion and comprise 19.5 percent of GDP.

Below is a summary of the legislation introduced yesterday by Leaders Boehner and Hoyer:

-- Reform the nation's medical liability laws in order to put patients' interests before those of trial lawyers;

-- Focus the Medicare prescription drug program on low-income seniors by limiting the amount of taxpayer funded benefits for seniors with incomes of more than $80,000, saving Medicare an estimated $3 billion over five years; and

-- Allow the Department of Health and Human Services to introduce value-driven competition into Medicare and create incentives for high-quality, low-cost health care options.


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