The recently released $3.8 trillion budget essentially gives a pass to Medicare and Medicaid. President Obama relies on a liberal political tactic: brute cuts to providers, without regard to quality or attempting to address the 30 percent of health-care spending that is of no benefit to patients.
Health care continues to get a pass, despite the fact that is approaching 20 percent of the gross domestic product and is expected to account for 40 percent of the increase in the federal budget over the next decade. There is no health-care budget, in the sense that it is limited. These costs simply are accommodated. No other part of the budget operates this way. Neither should health care.