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Health Reform Passes the Cost Test

Many people are worried that health care reform will fail to bend the "cost curve," but these calls overlook the actual legislation, writes David M. Cutler.

Many people are worried that the health care reform proposed by President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats will fail to bend the "cost curve." A number of commentators are urging no votes because of this, and Republicans have asked the president to start health reform over, focusing squarely on the issue of cost reduction.

These calls overlook the actual legislation. Over the past year of debate, 10 broad ideas have been offered for bending the health care cost curve. The Democrats’ proposed legislation incorporates virtually every one of them.

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