• Medicare is central to fixing health care and the federal budget
    Health Care

    Medicare is central to fixing health care and the federal budget

    Many failed political candidates can attest to the risks of supporting changes to Medicare. It is an easy issue to exploit in the heat of a campaign. At the same time, there is no avoiding the program’s centrality to two serious challenges: rising medical care expenses and the large increase in federal debt projected over the next 30 years. Neither can be addressed adequately without Medicare reform. What connects both problems is the burden that undisciplined medical spending is imposing on American society. Rampant waste, excessive administrative costs, and irrationally elevated prices force households to pay higher than necessary premiums and taxes. They also contribute to government borrowing and debt.…

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  • Amid push for transparency, Travis County OKs audit for Central Health
    Medicine

    Amid push for transparency, Travis County OKs audit for Central Health

    Millions of dollars in taxpayer money flow through Central Health every year, most of it going to hospitals, community clinics and Dell Medical School at the University of Texas. Should the public health care agency be doing more to make sure the organizations that get those funds are actually spending them they way they are intended? That question, raised by a group of residents, has made its way to Travis County’s top leaders. On Tuesday, Travis County commissioners voted to formally require Central Health, the county’s hospital district, to do a performance audit. A performance audit looks at how the entire operation is run and makes recommendations for needed changes.…

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