Paul Ryan Offers Austerity Budget, Claims His Critics Are Trying To Destroy Medicare

By: Tuesday March 12, 2013 5:36 am

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan wrote an Op-Ed for the Wall Street Journal extolling the virtues of austerity while claiming anyone who disagreed with his plan to destroy Medicare was, ironically, going to destroy Medicare. While blaming Senate Democrats for the Sequester because they did not pass a budget Rep. Ryan offered a Greece [...]

More on Raising the Medicare Eligibility Age

By: Thursday December 13, 2012 11:04 am

Jon Chait has clarified some of his points on raising the Medicare eligibility age, and with the temperature now lowered a bit, let’s just assess his argument. I find it kind of amusing that he quotes me quoting him talking about the debt limit deal in 2011, where he said, essentially, “exchanging a series of [...]

Nevada Decides to Implement Medicaid Expansion

By: Wednesday December 12, 2012 11:26 am

Nevada has become the first state helmed by a Republican governor to announce an opt-in to the Medicaid expansion up to 138% of the poverty level (it’s really 133%, but there’s a 5% “disregard” that brings it up to 138% in practical terms). Based on numbers from the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Urban Institute, [...]

White House to States: All or Nothing on the Medicaid Expansion

By: Tuesday December 11, 2012 6:20 am

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that states will not be eligible for funding for the Medicaid expansion unless they expand it all the way to 133% of poverty as envisioned by the law.

Medicare Eligibility Age Increases Particularly Levies Pain on Seniors of Color

By: Monday December 10, 2012 12:13 pm

Raising the Medicare eligibility age has been taken down a notch, as well it should. Apart from everything else – privatizing a known commodity that reduces health care costs more than comparable private insurance, making health insurance costs go up across the board – it’s quite regressive and hurts at-risk populations the most: Medicare eligibility [...]

Responding to Jon Chait on the Suddenly Possible Idea of Raising the Medicare Eligibility Age

By: Saturday December 8, 2012 9:38 am

So my old college pal Jon Chait (I promise before the end of my time here to pull out the parody my college humor magazine did of his column in the Michigan Daily) has responded to my criticism of his endorsement of raising the Medicare eligibility age, America’s worst new idea. I’ll get to batting [...]

Jon Chait’s Miserable Endorsement of Raising the Medicare Eligibility Age

By: Friday December 7, 2012 7:04 am

Since Jon Chait has never met a concession he didn’t like, he comes out with an endorsement of raising the Medicare eligibility age as part of a long-term deficit deal. So his cover for what is universally regarded as a terrible idea surely led deficit scolds seeking to use the problem to weaken the safety [...]

Health Care Fun: Liz Fowler to K Street, Walmart Slashing Worker Hours

By: Wednesday December 5, 2012 12:21 pm

Here are a couple little snowflakes from the legacy of the Affordable Care Act. You might remember that the one staffer Max Baucus personally thanked on the floor of the Senate for her work on the bill was Liz Fowler, the former WellPoint VP. From there, she went to work at the Department of Haelth [...]

The Pitfalls of Affordable Care Act Implementation

By: Tuesday December 4, 2012 8:30 am

All of this will happen during 2014, a midterm election year, where Democrats will struggle to hold the Senate, while trying a heavy lift of adding 17 seats in the House. What if the dominant story becomes the failures of Obamacare? Certainly that narrative is already being written in some circles? The ACA already indirectly led to one nightmare election for Democrats, in 2010. Could it lead to another?

Taming the Rube Goldberg Beast That Is Obamacare

By: Monday November 12, 2012 1:09 pm

A couple posts by Sarah Kliff over at the Wonkblog franchise underline the monumental task of putting together a clumsy, interlocking, state/federal, public/private, amorphous glob of a tweak to the nation’s health care system. In fact, we’re in the midst of the Obamacare cliff, a drop-dead point where states must decide whether they want to [...]

Health Care Law Faces Sprint After Election

By: Wednesday November 7, 2012 2:39 pm

One signature consequence, perhaps the leading consequence, of last night’s electoral victory for Democrats is that the implementation of Obamacare will now proceed unfettered. At least at the federal level. But as we’ve noted for many months, the law’s facility will rise or fall on the willingness of the states to carry it out. After [...]

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