Budget Talks: Ideas To Reduce Entitlement Spending Gain Traction
A report from the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission bolstered some of the options to squeeze billions in savings from Medicare - options currently under consideration in the budget negotiations being led by Vice President Joe Biden. In addition, the Wall Street Journal reports the Medicaid is facing significant cuts in the emerging budget deal.
The Associated Press: Medicare Options In Biden Budget Talks Get Boost
As Vice President Joe Biden and congressional negotiators hunt for budget cuts, major Medicare changes that could squeeze billions in savings got a boost Wednesday from a nonpartisan panel of experts that advises lawmakers. Those changes are already under consideration in the budget talks, officials say (Alonso-Zaldivar, 6/15).
The Wall Street Journal: Negotiators Consider Medicaid Cutbacks
The Medicaid program for the poor is facing significant cuts in an emerging bipartisan budget deal as Republicans seek to shrink entitlements and Democrats protect other priorities. Vice President Joe Biden and a group of negotiators from both parties met for the eighth time Wednesday at the Capitol, seeking an agreement that would pave the way for Congress to raise the debt ceiling (Hook and Adamy, 6/16).