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Publication Date: September 2008

Publisher(s): National Center for Policy Analysis (U.S.)

Author(s): John C. Goodman

Special Collection: Presidential Advisory

Topic: Health (Health care planning)
Health (Health services for older people)

Keywords: Health reform; Presidential transition; Medicare

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


The most important domestic policy problem this country faces is health care. The most important component of that problem is Medicare. Forecasts by every federal agency that produces such simulations--the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the Social Security/Medicare Trustees, the General Accounting Office (GAO)--show that we are on a dangerous and unsustainable path. Indeed, the question is not: Will reform take place? The question is: How painful will reform have to be?