Medicare: Running out of time and money

By James B. Rickert, MD

The crisis is coming—with no easy fix in sight

The early months of 2009 have drawn us much closer to the heart of our nation’s looming Medicare crisis. In January, President Barack Obama told reporters, “The big problem is Medicare, which is unsustainable…This, by the way, is where there are going to be very difficult choices and issues of sacrifice and responsibility and duty.” He returned to that message in a recent address to a joint session of Congress, saying, “To preserve our long-term fiscal health, we must also address the growing costs in Medicare…”

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