Medicare Penalizes Nearly 1,500 Hospitals For Poor Quality Scores
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President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio talk with reporters at the White House after a meeting about the federal budget deficit and economy in Nov. 2012. Some Republicans have proposed raising the Medicare eligibility age to 67. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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Protesters fill the Miami office of state Rep. Manny Diaz Jr. on Sept. 20 to protest his stance against expansion of health coverage in Florida. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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States' Refusal To Expand Medicaid May Leave Millions Uninsured
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After A Decade, Congress Moves To Fix Doctors' Medicare Pay
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The next bed could cost you a lot if the hospital says you're there on observation. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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For Hospital Patients, Observation Status Can Prove Costly
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Back in 2006, President Bush and Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt talked with reporters during a trip to Florida, where Bush spoke to volunteers helping seniors sign up for the Medicare prescription drug benefit. Mike Stocker/AP hide caption

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Messy Rollout Of Health Law Echoes Medicare Drug Expansion
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They're back: Cheaper mail-order medications from Canada and other foreign lands. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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A billboard advertising robotic surgery hangs outside Boston's Fenway Park in 2009. Hospitals and doctors have heavily promoted robotic surgery. Charles Krupa/AP hide caption

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Top Medicare Prescribers Rake In Speaking Fees From Drugmakers
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2 Years Added To Expected Life Of Medicare Trust Fund
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Patients wait in line at Nuestra Clinica Del Valle in San Juan, Texas, in September 2012 file photo. A study released on Wednesday finds that immigrants, particularly noncitizens, heavily subsidize Medicare, and that policies that restrict immigration may deplete Medicare's financial resources. Eric Gay/AP hide caption

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