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Why Medicare Needs a Safety Net

Congress needs the Obamacare payment board to cap health costs.

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It's a little awkward to defend something that doesn't yet exist. But the Independent Payment Advisory Board is in danger of being killed before it's born, thanks to a vote in the House Tuesday, and that would be a mistake -- an extremely costly one both for Medicare, the program it's meant to support, and for the entire federal budget. 

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