The Senate Finance Committee bill (generally called the Baucus bill, after ChairmanMax Baucus) robs the elderly to cover the uninsured -- like snatching purses from little old ladies. The House bills already cut future funding for Medicare by $500 billion over the next decade. The Baucus bill would slash a similar amount, just when 30 percent more people enter the program as baby boomers turn 65.
The Baucus bill also puts new limits on what doctors can do for patients in Medicare:
That's not surprising. President Obama and his advisers vilify doctors for over-treating patients. Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, brother ofWhite HouseChief of StaffRahm Emanueland a key Obama health-care adviser, argues that the Hippocratic Oath is largely to blame for the "overuse" of medical care.
In his view, doctors focus too much on the needs of their own patients; they should be taught to ask whether the money they're spending on a patient is worth it.