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Aetna CEO: Deficit Fix Rests On Slowing Health Care Wasteful Spending

NPR: Bertolini: Health Care Waste Fix Would Trim Deficit
Washington lawmakers are still working to avoid the fiscal cliff. That's the expiring of tax cuts at the end of the year and deep spending cuts that could throw the economy into recession. A group of top CEOs has been urging lawmakers to reach a deal. Renee Montagne talks to Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini about the fiscal cliff and health care (11/21).

The Washington Post also offers advice on open-enrollment season for the federal employee health plan --

The Washington Post: Advice On Choosing A Federal Employee Health Plan
It’s the time of year for football, turkey and FEHBP. Time for federal employees to choose health insurance plans from within the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program. The open season for making that choice runs through Dec. 12. Open season also means it's time to talk with Walton Francis, a health economist who is the guru on health insurance for federal workers. Francis is the primary author of Checkbook's 34th annual Guide to Health Plans for Federal Employees and has been writing it from the beginning (Davidson, 11/20).

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