Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

The Health Care Job That Really Matters Subhead Goes Herey Qdm

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

The Health Care Job That Really Matters Subhead Goes Herey Qdm

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The following editorial is from Bloomberg View.

The official who matters most when it comes to controlling U.S. health care spending has just resigned, leaving behind a program with serious fiscal problems that badly needs further reform. No, not Kathleen Sebelius - and the program isn't the Affordable Care Act.

The official is Jonathan Blum, and the program in question is Medicare, which next year will replace defense as the largest federal expenditure after Social Security. Mr. Blum had started to get Medicare costs under better control, but there's a lot more work to do and there'll be plenty of resistance along the way.

What comes next, though, will be harder. You can see the challenge facing the new guy by looking at what Mr. Blum tried, and failed, to do. Under pressure from Congress and the health care industry, his agency backed down from cuts to both Medicare Advantage and the prescription-drug program. Further efforts to reduce costs will spark similar revolts. …

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