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Republicans’ Premium Support Long Game

The Romney-Ryan version of premium support does not preserve traditional Medicare; it simply prolongs its decline.

Medicare’s future — thanks to the Affordable Care Act — is promising. The law extends the life of the trust fund, improves prescription drug coverage and eliminates copayments for critical preventive services.

And the Affordable Care Act also takes important steps to change how Medicare and the rest of our health system pay for care — moving the system from one that rewards volume of care to one that rewards quality of care. More still needs to be done to lower overall healthcare costs, but the Affordable Care Act set the groundwork for future reform.

The above excerpt was originally published in The Hill. Click here to view the full article.

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 (Maura Calsyn)

Maura Calsyn

Vice President and Coordinator, Health Policy