This can mean so many different things across the industry that it makes it difficult for people to understand each other with respect to what they think health insurance reform needs to be. This is part of the mistake whether intentional or not by the Democrats. They included so many different areas of the healthcare industry into reform. They included Medicare, Medicaid, private health insurance reform, doctors, hospitals, providers, and administration.
This combination of different health reform areas has confused the average person. In reality, the biggest problem our government wants to alleviate is the growth in costs for Medicare benefits. This is by far the biggest cost problem. The government though is addressing this by wanting to directly cut benefits and utilize these savings to incur additional entitlement benefits for the uninsured. This has angered many seniors and rightfully so.
There are many ways that are far better in addressing cost reductions in Medicare than just simply cutting benefits. Medicare is a badly run entitlement program that begs for reform. This is the real problem that needs to be fixed and not by reducing benefits.