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HMPRG's Martha Holstein has a Letter to the Editor in Today's NY Times

Health & Medicine Policy Research Group (HMPRG)
August 23, 2012

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The Republican Proposal for Medicare

To the Editor:

Is David Brooks (“Guide for the Perplexed,”column, Aug. 21) really asserting that the choice between PresidentObama and Mitt Romney comes down to who will do a better job reducingentitlement spending, especially Medicare? If so, I find it a deeplyimpoverished idea of what this country is about and what is at stake inthis election.

With regard to Medicare, without major structural reform and studies todetermine what works and what doesn’t work, its costs will keep growing.The only question will be who pays for those escalating costs.

Combine privatizing Medicare with the repeal of the Affordable Care Act,which the Romney-Ryan ticket also promises, and America will furtherplummet in health care outcomes compared with the rest of theindustrialized world while deepening the disparities between theaffluent and everyone else.

MARTHA HOLSTEIN
Chicago, Aug. 21, 2012