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“To hear Mitt Rom­ney tell it, Pres­i­dent Barack Obama is a thief. The Repub­li­can can­di­date says Obama ‘robbed’ $700 bil­lion from Medi­care ... a ref­er­ence to changes made in the health re­form law. Be­fore Rom­ney calls the cops, he should do a lit­tle more re­search. Then he might ac­tu­ally com­mend Obama. That’s be­cause the pres­i­dent did ex­actly what needs to be done: take steps to ad­dress Medi­care’s fis­cal prob­lems. Ev­ery­one knows spend­ing in the pro­gram is un­sus­tain­able. There are two ways to tackle that re­al­ity: spend less money or find more money to spend. The re­form law does both.” —Des Moines (Iowa) Reg­is­ter

“Over­looked in the furor sur­round­ing Paul Ryan’s Medi­care pro­posal, a plan … that wouldn’t start un­til 2023 ... is a study in the Jour­nal of the Amer­i­can Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion sug­gest­ing that, well, Ryan might be right. The study finds that a voucher-type sys­tem might no­tice­ably re­duce costs com­pared to “tra­di­tional” Medi­care. … The cen­tral is­sue is whether the run­away costs of the health sec­tor … can be con­trolled with­out erod­ing med­i­cal qual­ity. Al­most ev­ery­one agrees that the de­liv­ery sys­tem … should be re­or­ga­nized to lower costs and elim­i­nate un­needed care. The ques­tion is how.” —Wash­ing­ton Post

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