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Does the Affordable Care Act actually ration Medicare?

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The Affordable Care Act progressively cuts payment rates for inpatient hospital services over the next three generations to "less than half of their level under the prior law." As the Medicare program's actuaries explain, this will likely cause "severe problems with beneficiary access to care." Regardless of whether one calls this "rationing" or not, the practical result is the same as explicit rationing.

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