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Expanding health coverage and shoring up Medicare: Is it double-counting?

New York Times, December 29, 2009

Separate bills passed by the Senate and the House would squeeze nearly a half-trillion dollars from projected spending on Medicare over the next 10 years, and these savings would help offset the cost of providing coverage to people who are uninsured. At the same time, federal accountants say the money would shore up the Medicare trust fund, so the program could continue paying hospitals to treat older Americans in the future, the New York Times reports.