In his State of the Union address this week, President Obama said:
"We’ll bring down costs by changing the way our government pays for Medicare, because our medical bills shouldn’t be based on the number of tests ordered or days spent in the hospital – they should be based on the quality of care that our seniors receive. And I am open to additional reforms from both parties, so long as they don’t violate the guarantee of a secure retirement. Our government shouldn’t make promises we cannot keep – but we must keep the promises we’ve already made."
Any reforms to Medicare should absolutely ensure a high quality of care. The best way to do this, we think, is to empower all Americans –not just our seniors-- to have a voice in their care.