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“Here is the dirty lit­tle se­cret of health­care in Amer­ica for the el­derly, the one group we all as­sume has uni­ver­sal cov­er­age thanks to the 1965 Medi­care law: What Medi­care paid for then is no longer what re­cip­i­ents need or want to­day. No one then en­vi­sioned the stun­ning ad­vances in medicine that now keep peo­ple alive into ad­vanced old age, of­ten with un­in­tended and un­wel­come con­se­quences. In­deed, sci­en­tific re­ports have showed the dan­gers, not merely the point­less­ness and ex­pense, of much of the care Medi­care is pro­vid­ing ... Over­whelm­ingly, I’ve con­cluded in a decade of study­ing Amer­ica’s el­derly, it is fee-for-ser­vice doc­tors and Big Pharma who stand to gain the most, and adult chil­dren, with too much emo­tion and too lit­tle in­for­ma­tion, driv­ing those de­ci­sions.” pro­gram to look like. My Medi­care would be guided by three ba­sic prin­ci­ples: It should not bank­rupt our chil­dren. … It should not waste money on low-yield medicine. … It should rec­og­nize the value of hav­ing time to talk with your doc­tor.”

LosAn­ge­les­Times “Now that one of Oba­macare’s ma­jor new ben­e­fit pro­grams has been scrapped, lib­er­als are try­ing to make stone soup by claim­ing that the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion merely com­mit­ted an act of ‘good govern­ment.’ They claim that when this long-term­care in­sur­ance pro­gram proved to be un­work­able, the ad­min­is­tra­tion con­ceded as much, and now it’s gone ... If re­al­ity can’t match the rhetoric that ac­com­pa­nied the (Af­ford­able Care Act)—about fis­cal re­spon­si­bil­ity, bend­ing the cost curve, keep­ing your health­care if you like your health­care and all the other false prom­ises—then, legally, it should be re­pealed like CLASS. Call it a truth-in-ad­ver­tis­ing clause.”

—Wall­StreetJour­nal

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