That news conference
In the video, you can see that he has to catch himself not to say FOX-style "my Democrat friends" there.
Also: "There are members of my party who violently disagree with the notion that we should do anything on Medicare. And I'm willing to say to them, I disagree with you, because I want to preserve Medicare for the long haul." As I mentioned in a post yesterday, the latter isn't true. Cutting benefits on Medicare is something every Democrat including the Democratic President should be fighting against. But Medicare supporters are stressing that the problem of health-care costs in Medicare is part of the larger growth of health-care costs. There have also been some recent indications that the longer-term trend of rising health-care expense is not so drastic as virtually everyone has been assuming for years.
In any case, Medicare does a better job of controlling health care costs than private insurance or the Great God Free Market does, because of Medicare's lower administrative costs, its bargaining power with suppliers, its evaluations of the effectiveness of treatments, and its coverage of preventive care.
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