August 9, 2009

CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE: Preventive Care Will Raise — Not Cut — Costs. “In yet more disappointing news for Democrats pushing for health care reform, Douglas W. Elmendorf, director of the Congressional Budget Office, offered a skeptical view Friday of the cost savings that could result from preventive care — an area that President Obama and congressional Democrats repeatedly had emphasized as a way health care reform would be less expensive in the long term.”

Plus, Senior Citizens Skeptical of Obamacare: “Senior citizens are emerging as a formidable obstacle to President Obama’s ambitious health-care reform plans. . . . Proposals to squeeze more than $500 billion out of the growth of Medicare over the next decade have fueled fears that his effort to expand coverage to millions of younger, uninsured Americans will damage elder care. As a result, barely one-third of seniors support a health-care overhaul, several polls found.”

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