Like I wrote earlier, if Congress doesn’t vote to do things that increase the deficit, and implements the Affordable Care Act as written, we don’t have a deficit problem. But Congress really really wants to increase the deficit. Here’s Charlie Dent not controlling health care costs:
A bipartisan majority of House lawmakers is pressing Medicare to reverse a proposed cut to hospital payments.
The Medicare agency recently proposed a 3.5 percent cut in payments to hospitals as well as a 2.9 percent adjustment to offset payments that it said are the result of changes in how come claims are filed.
But 219 House members said hospitals can’t afford the cuts, and urged Medicare to reconsider the proposal.
The thing about controlling health care costs is that you have to pay less money, not more. This position is incompatible with Dent’s stated goal of deficit reduction.