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In projecting Medicare's cost, more realistic assumptions show an even worse outlook

Created on May 22, 2012

In projecting Medicare's cost, more realistic assumptions show an even worse outlook

Revised and Updated March 22, 2013 

Slide 5 | Medicare at Risk: Visualizing the Need for Reform

The Medicare trustees are required to base their projections on current law as it is written. These projections rely on unrealistic assumptions, such as Congress allowing staggering provider payment cuts that will harm seniors' access to care. The alternative scenario paints a more likely picture of the program's cost. Either way, the future is bleak.