WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Barack Obama on Wednesday confirmed an agreement with fiscally conservative Democrats to create an independent group of doctors and medical experts empowered to eliminate waste and inefficiency in Medicare.
Obama said at a nationally televised news conference that he backed adding such a panel to health care reform legislation. He said the panel would make recommendations requiring approval by Congress.
Such a panel could both "save ... money and ensure the long-term financial health of Medicare," Obama said.
So-called Blue Dog Democrats questioning the costs of initial.