A Flawed Defense of Medicare Advantage

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If private Medicare health insurance is to be continued proponents had better make better arguments than Scott Gottlieb made on Tuesday's Wall Street Journal op-ed page.

Gottlieb is a former Bush Administration CMS official and is currently at the American Enterprise Institute.

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The context of his arguments is that this week Congress is debating making cuts to the private Medicare Advantage program in order to pay for deferring a 10.6% physician fee cut that is set to begin on July 1.

A number of sources have estimated that Medicare Advantage plans are paid 13% more than traditional Medicare pays for similar seniors--the private fee-for-service (PFFS) product gets 17% more.

Since you can't access the op-ed unless you have an electronic subscription to the WSJ, here are his key points:

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