Obama’s Medicare and Medicaid Cuts: Not Grave, But Also Not Trivial

By: Tuesday September 20, 2011 7:07 am

“Obama and the left back in sync,” Politico blares. “Plan Calms Democrats’ Concerns On and Off Hill,” Sam Stein writes. The latter is more correct. “Relief” would be a good word in reaction to a plan that easily could have included an increase in the Medicare eligibility age and a switch to chained CPI, a [...]

More Trial Balloons on Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security Cuts from Obama

By: Wednesday September 14, 2011 1:41 pm

We’re just going to get trial balloon after trial balloon until next Monday, when the President is set to announce his batch of deficit reduction ideas for the Catfood Commission II. Now the balloon has flown all the way to England, and the offices of the Financial Times: Barack Obama is expected to lay out [...]

The “Blended Rate” – A Dangerous Proposal in the Debt Limit Deal to Cut Medicaid or Render It Ineffective

By: Wednesday July 6, 2011 2:18 pm

The most dangerous plans I’ve seen coming out of the debt limit talks are chained CPI and the Medicaid blended rate. I’ve written extensively about chained CPI, which would cause a Social Security benefit cut of hundreds of dollars a year for the average beneficiary. The way that can be most easily combated is by [...]

The Democratic Dividing Line: Not Ending Safety Net Programs, Just Cutting Them

By: Wednesday June 29, 2011 12:23 pm

Just to be clear, Democratic leaders did actually criticize the Coburn-Lieberman bill that would raise the eligibility age for Medicare and increase cost-sharing on beneficiaries. Nancy Pelosi called it unacceptable: Any changes to Medicare must strengthen the Medicare system and improve the health of our seniors. It is unfair to ask seniors to get less [...]

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