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Cost control’s the key
Los Angeles Times

Critics of the comprehensive healthcare reform bills pending in Congress have trotted out a number of hyperbolic arguments against the legislation, some of which are easy to refute. It’s not a government takeover of American medicine — the bills retain the current system of private insurance and private-sector doctors and hospitals. And it’s not an assault on the elderly – although Medicare Advantage plans would lose their extra subsidies, prescription drug benefits would increase substantially.

Another persistent and exaggerated critique is that the bills would do nothing to reduce the cost of medical care.