For your Tuesday afternoon:
Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Elmendorf posts on the agency’s most recent long-term budget outlook. According to Elmendorf, Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security alone account for account for 80 percent of the growth in spending over the next 25 years and 90 percent over the next 70 years.
Tevi Troy of the National Review Online’s The Corner cites a Chicago Tribune story that said “it’s not uncommon for a physician to be paid $25 to $75 for a Medicaid patient’s routine visit,” to conclude: “If doctors are already reluctant to participate in existing government run plans like Medicare and Medicaid, adding an additional public plan could discourage them even further.”
Peter Suderman of the libertarian magazine Reason has a piece explaining why he believes “[health] reform efforts are now in disarray,” specifically because of attempts to include a public plan option.
TPM Muckraker’s Zachary Roth reports that health care is “characterized by consolidation, not competition.”
The New America Foundation’s New Health Dialogue posts a letter from the Center for American Progress, Wal-mart and SEIU to President Obama where they agree to support an employer mandate to provide health insurance along with “the strongest possible commitment to rein in health care costs,” and adds “For now it is encouraging to see Wal-Mart not only talking the talk, but walking the walk on shared responsibility for our health care goals.”
Uwe Reinhardt on the New York Times’ Economix responds to a reader who found two different posts “inconsistent.”