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President Obama Plans to Reform Medicare and Medicaid to Further Aid the Deficit Reduction

On Monday, President Barack Obama gave a speech on the issues of economic growth and deficit reduction. The President released his plan on how to pay for the American Jobs Act that he recently sent to Congress and announced methods to reduce the country’s debt over time.

The plan included structural reforms to reduce the costs of health care in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. One part of the plan that will impact providers is an increased focus on decreasing wasteful subsidies and erroneous payments in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. The President’s plan specifically concentrates on reducing overpayments in Medicare and making Medicaid more efficient and accountable. Finally the President made clear that although Medicare and Medicaid will be reformed, the government “will not abandon the fundamental commitment that this country has kept for generations.”

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