Policy Documents

Improving Medicare: Nine Ways the House Bill Does It

December 21, 2000

In this Policy Fax Issue Analysis, it notes a legislative move in the Medicare Preservation Act of 1995.  It was proposed by the House.  The congressional leadership provides what President Clinton’s trustees of the Medicare program recently called for--“prompt,--- effective, and decisive action” to save Medicare. The congressional plan introduces a long overdue cost containment mechanism to the Medicare program: consumer choice. The result is a win-win proposition: a better Medicare system for beneficiaries-and one that will “only” cost $1.4 trillion in taxpayer money between 1996 and 2002.