October 8, 2009 11:29 AM

Commentary: Medicare subsidy costs are indefensible

How to pay for it all? That remains a vexing challenge for Congress in expanding health care coverage to all Americans. A large part of the solution must involve wringing savings from within the existing system. And some cost savings can come from Medicare, the public insurance program for those over age 65. One fruitful area is to provide a level playing field between traditional Medicare and private plans that have participated in Medicare since 1985.

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