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Health Care's Role in Deficit Reduction—Guiding Principles

Oct. 27, 2011
New England Journal of Medicine, Vol. 365, No. 17
Paul B. Ginsburg, Chapin White

The 2011 Budget Control Act (BCA), which resolved this summer’s debt-ceiling crisis, cut $0.9 trillion from discretionary programs over 10 years and created a bipartisan, bicameral “super committee” tasked with proposing at least $1.2 trillion in additional deficit reduction by Thanksgiving. Given the immensity of the federal fiscal imbalance, the BCA and the committee’s work are probably just first steps of a much longer march to fiscal stability.

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