Hoyer objects to Medicare cost control plan

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said he disagrees with President Obama's support of transferring Congress's price-setting powers over Medicare to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), which now acts as an advisory panel, USA Today reports.

In a letter to senators Wednesday, Obama floated support for the idea: "Under this approach, MedPAC's recommendations on cost reductions would be adopted unless opposed by a joint resolution of the Congress."

USA Today quotes Hoyer: "I don't think there is great enthusiasm for a take-it-or-leave-it proposal coming out of some commission."  It's no surprise that Hoyer rejects the proposal, health policy expert Kenneth Thorpe told the paper: "Congress never likes to give up power" (Schouten, 6/5).

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  1. Paul Wisniewski Paul Wisniewski United States says:

    STOP this government take over of health care. Why don't you people just ask your doctor what he or she thinks, and then call your liberal senators and congressman or congresswoman and tell them we don't want this. The government doesn't do anything well. Just ask your doctor.

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