Obama proposes “saving” $320bn from Medicare and Medicaid

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 26 September 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d6118
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. 1Washington, DC

The US president, Barack Obama, has proposed saving $320bn (£210bn; €240bn) in Medicare and Medicaid spending over the next 10 years. The proposal comes amid political jockeying over growth and deficit reduction that has intensified in Washington, DC, in the past 12 months.

It was submitted to the so called “supercommittee” created by Congress this summer as part of the short term compromise to lift the debt ceiling and avert a government fiscal crisis. If the supercommittee doesn’t reach a deal on deficit reduction by the end of the year, a series of automatic cuts in spending will take place.

Material provided by the White House says that “The president will veto …

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