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Mike Miller

The minority party has been calling reductions in growth rates proposed by the majority party "cuts" since at least the early 1990s. It is just politically motivated sophistry: Reducing spending growth rates is good, cuts are bad. Ryan's logic really fails in his misunderstanding of healthcare and the positive affects of the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare) for all Americans, including Medicare enrollees, by improving how healthcare is delivered. Ryan's "healthcare" proposals are all based on economic principles that have been shown to undermine improving healthcare quality and security, i.e. cost-shifting and failing to create structures to hold doctors and hospitals accountable with actionable data.

"Obamacare" doesn't promote cost-shifting, it is generating actionable data, and it is promoting local entities to develop and use that data to hold doctors and hospitals accountable for both their clinical outcomes and overall costs. All of this - along with the insurance reforms and additional Medicare benefits (e.g., annual wellness visits and partially filling the prescription drug "donut hole") - are why the ACA is a solid foundation for improving the US healthcare system, and one that will control long-term healthcare spending, provide predictability and security for employers and employees, and thus help spur economic growth. (Sorry about that very run-on sentence, but healthcare is complex, and simple answers - such as "vouchers" are false solutions.)


Florida has a large number of Medicare Advantage plans alailabve.a0 One reason could be the large population of seniors that retire to the state.a0 The first thing to consider if you are looking for a Medicare Advantage plan in Florida is that the plans are NOT state specific.a0 The are in fact county specific.a0 Check here to look up Medicare Advantage plans by state for 2012.a0 Chances are you will find a company in South Florida that is not at all alailabve in the Northern part of the state.a0 One exception to this is United Healthcare.a0 They offer a plan that is identical across the state.a0 This is probably because of the size of the company.a0 They also offer a large network across the state.Source: medicare-plans.net

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