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“Gov. Rick Scott is try­ing to per­suade the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion to give Florida a waiver from fed­eral re­quire­ments in re­turn for Med­i­caid funds. The main is­sue is how to con­trol the un­man­age­able costs ... with­out short­chang­ing pa­tients. The irony is that Repub­li­cans in Tal­la­has­see con­demn the fed­eral health­care over­haul for ‘ra­tioning care,’ but they’ve de­vised a sys­tem that per­force ra­tions care for Med­i­caid pa­tients by putting them into man­aged-care sys­tems.”

—Mi­ami Her­ald “If you were look­ing for some­one to save Medi­care, you might think of Sen. Ron Wy­den (D-ore.), a health­care wonk who helped found his state’s chap­ter of the Gray Pan­thers ad­vo­cacy group for se­nior cit­i­zens. You prob­a­bly wouldn’t pick House Bud­get Com­mit­tee Chair­man Paul Ryan (R-wis.), whose pro­posal to re­place Medi­care with vouch­ers has made him some se­nior groups’ Pub­lic En­emy No. 1. Nev­er­the­less, the two have teamed up to of­fer a bold and po­lit­i­cally risky plan that could help slow the rate of growth of pre­mi­ums and bring more in­no­va­tion to the health in­sur­ance mar­ket with­out dis­man­tling one of the fed­eral govern­ment’s most pop­u­lar pro­grams.”

—Los An­ge­les Times

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