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Democrats scramble to cut costs from health plan

New York Times, June 19, 2009

The high cost of securing health insurance for all Americans has Congressional Democrats scrambling to scale back their proposals or find ways to trim tens of billions of dollars a year from existing health programs. According to slides presented at a closed-door meeting, members of the Senate Finance Committee are debating several new ideas, including "an automatic mechanism" to reduce the growth of Medicare under an expedited procedure like the one used to close military bases.