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Obama, Ryan, Gingrich Muddle Health Debate: Laurence Kotlikoff
San Francisco Chronicle

Love it or hate it, Medicare is driving itself and our country broke. The president’s proposed policy and that of Paul Ryan, the House Budget Committee chairman, are viewed as miles apart. The reality is different. And the silly name-calling is obscuring their considerable common ground. It’s even confusing a major presidential candidate.

President Barack Obama is relying on a special panel, to be formed in 2014, to get Congress to cut payments to doctors and hospitals, keeping the national health-insurance program for the elderly solvent.