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Treat Medicare by addressing health costs

Date published: 12/8/2013

Treat Medicare by addressing health costs

Some in Washington would rather cut Medicare benefits than solve the real issue driving the rising cost of Medicare: the skyrocketing costs of health care. This is like a doctor treating only the symptoms of an illness instead of its cause.

It is troubling that some members of Congress would raise the eligibility age or propose other cuts in benefits rather than address inflated costs, waste and lack of coordinated care in fees for service medicine.

Medicare is an earned benefit. We pay into it our entire working lives, and we continue to pay premiums, co-pays and deductibles toward our care.

If Congress were to take meaningful action to control system-wide health care costs and build on the savings gained through health care reform, the nation's finances, and Medicare, would be in better shape.

Jacquelyn Hadley