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Duplicitous statements on health care

Literature from Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler claims that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) takes $700 billion from Medicare. That is a half-truth at best. The ACA tries to bring down future healthcare costs by paying hospitals less if they have too many re-admissions, rewarding providers for favorable outcomes instead of how many procedures they perform. The goal is to increase the efficiency and quality of care instead of cutting benefits to seniors. Improving seniors’ health this way should reduce the total cost to Medicare.

Now, for the rest of the story as Paul Harvey would say. The House Republican budget plan relies on the same $700 billi...

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