1. OPINION

    Real Solutions Needed for Medicare

    LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 10:  Nurse Allison Miller checks the blood pressure of Oscar Ramirez as nurses and physicians give free basic health screenings and call attention to what they say is the ongoing healthcare emergency despite the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the Affordable Care Act, on July 10, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. Three days of free screenings in the Los Angeles area are part of the Medicare for All tour which is making up to two dozen stops across California between June 19 and July 12. The California Nurses Association says that 30 percent of Los Angeles County adults are uninsured and 18 percent cannot afford doctor visits.   (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

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    We need to find intelligent ways to broach the unmentionable subjects when it comes to Medicare, writes Steven Rattner, former counselor to the secretary of the Treasury, in The New York Times. While hyperventilating politicians have done much to cloud the issue, it’s time to take serious measures, Rattner says. With both presidential tickets offering plans for the program, Rattner says that “the big money in Medicare is not to be found in Mr. Ryan’s competition or Mr. Obama’s innovation, but in reducing the cost of treating people in the last year of life, which consumes more than a quarter of the program’s budget.”

    Read it at The New York Times