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Healthcare issue so contentious that Congress may pass the buck to independent commission

Staff Report • Oct 21, 2009 at 12:00 AM

The Christian Science Monitor is reporting that the option of outsourcing hard decisions to a new, independent commission is gaining momentum in Congress.Backers say a commission with a mandate to improve America’s healthcare delivery system and rein in unsustainable costs could be a game-changer.At a time when lawmakers are getting hammered by interest groups, it’s also a nod to the goal of fiscal discipline without having to specify where those cuts will come. Critics say it’s the latest sign that Congress can’t muster the political will to cut unsustainable costs.“In their current forms, none of the bills go far enough to reduce healthcare costs given the tremendous fiscal problems facing the country and the major role healthcare plays as a driver,” according to a report by the Committee for a Responsible Budget released Monday.Read the full report on the Christian Science Monitor's Web site.

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