Obama has acknowledged that the federal budget is on an unsustainable path. … The president has set the right contours for a deal, and some of the specific proposals -; including higher Medicare premiums for high-income seniors and those with generous Medigap policies, as well as a more aggressive effort to move providers to more efficient payment systems -; are welcome (4/11).

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