Romney Advisor Says Medicare Eligibility Age Would Increase

By: Sunday August 19, 2012 12:07 pm

Considering what we learned this morning, between Paul Ryan defending a third stimulus to extend unemployment and COBRA benefits and deliver cash payments in February 2002, when unemployment was at the astronomical 5.6%, and Ryan arguing for a bailout of the auto industry to save his hometown GM plant in Janesville, Wisconsin, perhaps we should [...]

Grand Bargain History Due to Repeat With Fiscal Cliff at End of the Year

By: Monday March 19, 2012 8:15 am

The Washington Post has a first draft of history piece about the debt negotiations last year that tells us mostly what we already knew: that the White House was ready to sign onto a document that increased the Medicare eligibility age and instituted chained CPI, which would cut Social Security cost-of-living increases.  In exchange would [...]

Hoyer Backpedals on Raising Eligibility Ages

By: Friday March 9, 2012 8:15 am

Steny Hoyer, talking to reporters, categorically denied that he ever suggested an increase in age eligibility for federal benefits. But there is documented evidence to the contrary. Hoyer said in this roundtable with reporters: In a roundtable with reporters in his Capitol office, Hoyer said the group’s still a long way from achieving broad consensus, [...]

Relatively Small Savings From Raising Medicare Age Leaves Out Host of Context

By: Wednesday January 11, 2012 8:55 am

Yesterday, the Congressional Budget Office estimated that raising the Medicare eligibility age from 65 to 67 would save the government $148 billion from 2012 to 2021. For context, letting the Bush tax cuts expire would save $3.6 trillion over the same ten-year window. So anyone who tells you that we must increase the Medicare age [...]

Once Again: Raising the Medicare Eligibility Age Is A Terrible Idea

By: Tuesday November 15, 2011 12:58 pm

With continued uncertainty with the Super Committee and the future of the safety net, I feel compelled to once again explain why raising the Medicare eligibility age is a completely misguided idea. Here is Matt Tobias with yet another set of particulars: A report by the Kaiser Family Foundation said that much of the cost [...]

Romney’s Plan to Break Up Medicare

By: Monday November 7, 2011 8:55 am

So Mitt Romney released a fiscal plan. I hope his idea to eliminate Title X family planning funding, going much further than even many House Republicans, gets more attention. And there are some other far-right proposals in there as well, like raising the retirement age and capping spending at 20% of GDP and block-granting Medicaid. [...]

Dem Catfood Commission Offer Includes Medicare Cuts

By: Wednesday October 26, 2011 1:00 pm

As Jon Walker reported, Democrats on the Catfood Commission II have delivered at a closed-door meeting a draft proposal for $2.5-$3 trillion in deficit reduction. First reported by Reuters, the plan calls for $1 trillion in tax increases, between $200-$300 billion in immediate spending on jobs measures, and $1.7-$2.3 trillion in spending reductions, including $400 [...]

Woman Who Watched Her Brother Die From Lack of Insurance Delivers Powerful Rebuttal to GOP

By: Friday September 16, 2011 1:34 pm

Paul Krugman wrote today about the “Let Him Die” caucus in the modern GOP, and what it signified: The incident highlighted something that I don’t think most political commentators have fully absorbed: at this point, American politics is fundamentally about different moral visions [...] …very few of those who die from lack of medical care [...]

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 [...]

Boehner Sends American Jobs Act to CBO for Scoring

By: Monday September 12, 2011 10:16 am

The President formally submitted the American Jobs Act to Congress today, and House Speaker John Boehner had an immediate rejoinder: he will submit it to CBO for scoring. “[W]e appreciate the President’s pledge to transmit legislation to Congress and will immediately request that it be scored by the Congressional Budget Office,” Boehner wrote in a [...]

Pivoting Off the Pivot: Deficit Agenda Poised to Re-Enter Debate

By: Friday September 9, 2011 2:12 pm

The fact that Pete Peterson endorsed the American Jobs Act, and that he did so with a focus on an element not actually in the American Jobs Act, is pretty revealing. President Obama rightly called for the ‘super-committee’ to go beyond its $1.5 trillion goal and find even more long-term deficit reduction. The President made [...]

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