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  1. Rose colored glassess dominate policy. The simplest example is the “doc fix.” An outdated formula sets MD rates for Medicare. Congress knows it is outdated. If implemented, it would cut MD reimbursemnent by 30%. Knowing they cannot do this, they pass a last minute bill, often yearly, for a short term delay. Why not simple fix it? Because then the real projected Medicare costs would be much higher, and no one wants to deal with this reality. They have been doing this FOR TEN YEARS. Obamacare estimates needed the lower projected costs to justify the bill’s existence. That would have been an opportunity for the Republicans in Congress to fix the formula and then tell people about the real cost. Wasted.

    Comment by Jim — January 9, 2013 @ 9:27 am

  2. Yeah, they’re good at wasting opportunities — and, as shown in the column, not even recoginizing them.

    Comment by Tom — January 9, 2013 @ 10:05 am

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