The Supply of Dollars and the Demand for Healthcare

Just about any discussion of how to slow the growth of healthcare costs boils down to a question of rationing. So it will be too with the proposed Medicare and Medicaid changes that House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) plans to include in the fiscal 2012 budget proposal he unveils this week. But Ryan thinks about the healthcare cost problem in a different way than many folks in Washington do, so his version of rationing will trigger a different kind of debate.



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