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$2 trillion in savings, or preventive ‘care’? (MS)

IT WAS fascinating to see how quickly all the relevant industry groups jumped on the bandwagon to slow the growth of healthcare costs, thus pledging to "save" $2 trillion over the next 10 years. Somehow, I don’t think this grand announcement was motivated by altruism or patriotism. Am I being cynical, or is this just a preventive measure taken by healthcare industry players to avoid the much larger cuts they know would occur if Congress actually got serious about the issue?

And if they can identify such large savings so easily, why haven’t these been implemented already?

Stephan Goldstein
North Reading