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Obama’s health care budget: ER visit but no cure
San Francisco Chronicle

President Barack Obama’s budget fixes a looming cut to doctors that could devastate Medicare, but it offers no cure for the underlying problem of rising health care costs that threatens to break the bank.

It’s like stabilizing a patient in the emergency room and sending him home until the next crisis.

The budget would stave off for two more years a threatened 28 percent cut in Medicare payments to doctors, a relic of a 1990s budget law that failed to restrain costs.

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