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Medicare cuts expected in Obama budget, but not big structural changes
Modern Healthcare

President Barack Obama’s spending plan is expected to identify about $400 billion in Medicare cuts over the next 10 years. Few people, however, expect his budget blueprint to put the president’s formal stamp on any major structural changes to the program.

Obama has signaled to federal lawmakers that he’s open to making some significant Medicare policy changes to reduce the federal deficit, such as expanding means testing for higher-income individuals, combining hospital and physician services under one Medicare payment structure, or adding a surcharge to Medigap plans.