So, I had this whole top 10 list, end-of-the-year, thing planned for my last post of 2009, but you know what they say about the best-laid plans…

See, as I worked through my New Year's shopping list (complete with sparkling cider for the short Storeys in attendance this year), I couldn't help but notice – again – the conflicting goals of the House and Senate health care bills. Both promise to scare up trillions in Medicare savings over the next decade to cover millions of uninsured.

And while we're at it, the bills also promise a way to shore up the troubled Medicare trust fund. Talk about fuzzy math.

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