The budget President Obama will send to Congress Wednesday is expected to include some and other health programs.
And if the word around Washington is correct, it may also include a proposal aimed at winning some bipartisan backing — by .
But there have been previous efforts to streamline Medicare's antiquated system of deductibles and copayments. And none, so far, has been successful.
Tom Miller, a resident fellow at the conservative , says having separate deductibles and coinsurance schemes for Medicare's parts A and B is an anachronism that dates back to the 1960s, when .
"That's been a legacy which has been very hard to change," he says, "because it requires an act of Congress, which requires agreement ... which tends not to be the case."
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