Meanwhile, President Barack Obama's references in his State of the Union address to modest changes to Medicare continue to generate examination.
The Wall Street Journal: Treasury Pick Focuses On Taxes, Spending
Jacob Lew, the Treasury secretary nominee, told lawmakers Wednesday he would work to overhaul the tax code and reduce costs of programs such as Medicare, but largely avoided delving into specifics about how he would tackle such tasks (Paletta, 2/13).
Kaiser Health News: President Obama Calls For 'Modest Reforms' To Medicare
Kaiser Health News' Mary Agnes Carey and Jackie Judd examine the health care issues in Tuesday's State of the Union address as well as in Sen. Rubio's Republican response (2/13).
Reuters: Obama Medicare Rebate Plan Could Hurt Drug Companies
President Barack Obama's decision to spotlight drug rebates as a way to save money on Medicare is likely to be opposed by the pharmaceutical industry, which could potentially lose billions of dollars in profits. In his annual State of the Union speech on Tuesday, Obama said he would "reduce taxpayer subsidies to prescription drug companies" to rein in the rising cost of Medicare, the $600 billion healthcare program for the elderly and disabled (Berkrot and Morgan, 2/13).
And sequester concerns continue to emanate from public health agencies --