Medicare Meltdown: How Wall Street and Washington are Ruining Medicare and How to Fix It

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Medicare affects everyone. If you are a boomer, you are counting on Medicare to protect you from the cost of health care when you retire. If you have turned 65, you already depend on Medicare. If you are a Gen-X or Gen-Y, you are contributing to Medicare from your paycheck. Will Medicare continue to exist as we have known it? Will it be there when you need it? How much will it cost? As the future of Medicare is debated in Washington, Rosemary Gibson and Janardan Prasad Singh shine a light on a rarely-seen side of this storied program: the business of Medicare.

Medicare is known as an entitlement for the nation’s seniors. It is also the largest entitlement-based program for any business sector in the US economy. Its beneficiaries include hospitals, doctors, drug companies, device manufacturers, Wall Street investment banks, private equity firms, hedge funds, and others that rely on the $600 billion that Medicare spends a year.

The ties that bind Wall Street and Washington in the healthcare industry are strong, and they will play an outsized role in determining Medicare’s future. Gibson and Singh reveal how the industry’s interests are often at odds with those of seniors and boomers.

While some politicians point to the culture of dependence of the public on Medicare, the authors suggest that policymakers turn their attention to the culture of dependence of the healthcare industry on Medicare, which is the predominant force pushing the program toward a fiscal cliff.

The amount of waste in the Medicare program is equivalent to the entire economy of New Zealand. For Medicare to be sustained, this culture of dependence -- and the habits it breeds, namely waste, excessive pricing, and overuse of unnecessary services -- should be the first priority for the chopping block. By parings back the excess, the authors argue, Medicare can be sustained for future generations. This is essential reading for anyone interested in how Medicare works, how it could work better, and where it will go if reforms are not made.

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Rosemary Gibson is a national authority on U.S. health care. At the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, she designed and led national initiatives to improve health care quality and safety. She was vice president of the Economic and Social Research Institute and served as senior associate at the American Enterprise Institute. She is principal author of Wall of Silence, The Treatment Trap, and The Battle Over Health Care. She serves as an editor for the Archives of Internal Medicine series, Less is More.

Janardan Prasad Singh is an economist at the World Bank. He has been a member of the International Advisory Council for several prime ministers of India. He worked on economic policy at the American Enterprise Institute and on foreign policy at the United Nations. He has written extensively on health care, social policy, and economic development. He was a member of the Board of Contributors of the Wall Street Journal. He is co-author of Wall of Silence, The Treatment Trap, and The Battle Over Health Care.

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...Bolsters the case we have been making that Medicare must be preserved and strengthened... without shifting costs to seniors who are already paying a large share of their modest incomes for health care. (Max Richtman, president and CEO, National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare)

A thoughtful contribution to the debate surrounding the future of Medicare. (Bernie Sanders, U.S. Senator)

Rarely have I felt as justified in supporting a book. Any person who cares about American public life, politics or their own personal well-being should closely read this book. (Amitai Etzioni, professor, George Washington University; founder of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics)

A riveting read, this eyebrow raising and pupil dilating book frames 'entitlement' in a new light and uncovers some inconvenient truths. (Jennie Chin Hansen, former CEO of American Geriatrics Society, past president of AARP)

The most powerful analysis of Medicare I have seen in my career. (Jean E. Johnson, dean, School of Nursing, The George Washington University)

Courageous authors like Rosemary Gibson and Janardan Prasad Singh are shining a spotlight on how Wall Street and the health care industry's sense of entitlement are contributing to the financial meltdown of Medicare. (Randy Block, Gray Panthers National Board)

After exposing the hidden impact of medical errors, Rosemary Gibson and Janardan Prasad Singh take on financial and political intrigues in the Medicare program. Medicare Meltdown is a lively polemic, leaving no prisoners in a provocative exposé of the $600 billion Medicare program. (Kip Piper, president, Health Results Group, LLC)

This expose is quite readable. It is shocking, depressing, and educational. Everyone should read this book. (American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy)

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