Democrats Target Federal Subsidies For Medicare's Private Plans

Kaiser Health News reports on how Medicare Advantage plans, the private plans that cover more than one in five seniors nationwide, are caught in reform's cross hairs. "President Barack Obama and House Democrats want to cut $177 billion in federal payments to the private plans over the next decade to help finance coverage for the uninsured. On another level, the fight over private Medicare plans -- which has been a partisan flashpoint for years -- involves difficult questions on the issues of fairness, efficiency and choice" (Galewitz, 9/9).

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