Laszewski’s blog gives fodder to journos who want to dig behind that malarkey about saving Medicare. This story, guys, has all the elements we crave, if we just do the leg work. There will be strong lobbying by providers and attempts to use us by local doctors and hospitals—getting us to write scare stories about patients who won’t get care. The docs have done this in the past. There will be billions at stake, and—as Laszewski pointed out—what will happen when the docs and hospitals make up for lost revenue and shove their costs on to—you guessed it—their patients? What could make a better story?

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Trudy Lieberman is a fellow at the Center for Advancing Health and a longtime contributing editor to the Columbia Journalism Review. She is the lead writer for The Second Opinion, CJR’s healthcare desk, which is part of our United States Project on the coverage of politics and policy. Follow her on Twitter @Trudy_Lieberman.