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Affordable Care Act: What is 'premium support?'

"Premium support" is one of those quintessential Washington phrases. What on earth does it mean?

It's in the news now because House Budget chairman Paul Ryan wants to turn Medicare into a "premium support" program. It's not a totally new idea – House Republicans, including former Speaker Newt Gingrich and former House Ways and Means chairman Bill Thomas, had somewhat similar ideas that began circulating in the mid-1990s. But the Ryan idea is starker - or bolder, depending on your perspective.

AHCJ's health reform topic leader Joanne Kenen explains what it really means and points members to some resources to help sort it out for readers, listeners and viewers.

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