In the NYT, Tyler Cowen dares Obama to put up or shut up: Medicare expenditures threaten to crush the federal budget, yet the Obama administration is proposing that we start by spending more now so we can spend less later. … Obama administration talks of empowering an independent board of experts to judge the comparative effectiveness of health care expenditures …
Articles like these can create the political cover that Obama needs to make cuts while taking less of the blame - so how can we make the call for greater cuts louder?
Anon, he can of course make it clear he will veto a bill that doesn't meet conditions he sets.
Obama supports giving MedPAC the power to make those cuts. I'm not sure what more he can do.