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“There are only three weeks left for the con­gres­sional su­per­com­mit­tee to come up with a plan to re­duce the fed­eral deficit by at least $1.2 tril­lion. ... Only one side, in fact, seems to be try­ing—the Democrats—and it is be­ing far too ac­com­mo­dat­ing. … Demo­cratic con­gres­sional lead­ers be­gan talk­ing last week about their own ver­sion of a grand bar­gain that goes far be­yond the su­per­com­mit­tee’s min­i­mum man­date. ... The plan would cut $475 bil­lion from Medi­care and Med­i­caid over 10 years, in­clud­ing $200 bil­lion in cuts to ben­e­fi­cia­ries, which is far more than the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion pro­posed in Septem­ber. … Demo­cratic of­fi­cials say these cuts would be con­sid­ered only along­side tax in­creases. The dan­ger is that Repub­li­cans will try to scoop up those pro­posed cuts while re­ject­ing the in­creases.”

—Newyork­times “The Kaiser Fam­ily Foun­da­tion re­leased its Oc­to­ber track­ing poll and found that only 34% of re­spon­dents have a fa­vor­able view of the Af­ford­able Care Act, down from 41% in Septem­ber. … The durable and grow­ing op­po­si­tion is above all due to the bill’s re­sults. The most im­por­tant ques­tion Kaiser asked was whether national health­care would leave Amer­i­cans bet­ter or worse off. Some 44% said worse off, a 10 per­cent­age-point jump from Septem­ber, while only 18% be­lieved they would be bet­ter off. In other words, Amer­i­cans heard the pres­i­dent’s prom­ises, over and over again, most of all that the bill would lower in­sur­ance costs. Those costs are ris­ing as fast as ever, more so in some places as in­sur­ers and providers an­tic­i­pate the price con­trols and other reg­u­la­tion to come.”


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