Opinion Piece on Budget Reform

Maya MacGuineas’ opinion piece in Roll Call, Reducing the Budget Deficit Requires More Than Just Health Care Reform, argues that:

1)      while it is too early to begin reducing the deficit, the country needs a medium-term deficit reduction plan;
2)      health care reform should focus on controlling costs and the cost of proposed coverage expansions should be scaled back;
3)      dealing with long-term budget imbalances will require changes to more than just the health care system; and
4)      if Congress wants to extend the tax cuts, reduce the AMT and ignore slated Medicare cuts, it should pay for them. And it proposes how.  Details here.