How to trim Medicare?
The White House will want to protect Medicaid and the health law from budget cuts, making Medicare a likely target. Kaiser Health News lays out options.
After taxes, health care costs are probably the thorniest issue facing policymakers looking for a way to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff, an economically toxic combination of tax increases and spending cuts looming Jan. 1 if compromise fails. Rising health care costs are the most stubborn element of the nation's long-term budget woes.