Michael Moore: It’s Time For Single Payer Health Care

By: Thursday January 2, 2014 6:08 am

In an op-ed in the New York Times to commemorate the new year and beginning of Obamacare coverage filmmaker and activist Michael Moore suggested it was time for everyone to acknowledge that “Obamacare is awful.” That the program is a pro-insurance nightmare that does nothing to rein in the costs from a rent-seeking insurance industry [...]

Antibiotic Resistance Represents “Catastrophic Threat”

By: Monday March 11, 2013 7:43 am

Due to the widespread and continual use of antibiotics bacteria have evolved (I said it) to be resistance to the current drugs in circulation. Drug resistant bacteria can only be neutralized with newer drugs. Unfortunately there has been something of a slow down in the development of new antibiotic drugs leading some in the medical [...]

Lowering Medicare Age Offers Possible Solution For Health Care Spending

By: Tuesday February 26, 2013 9:50 am

With the sequester set to kick off on Friday some in Washington are scrambling to figure out a “grand bargain” type deal to cut spending while protecting social programs. But one plan that would actually work has yet to be considered or endorsed by any major player – lowering the Medicare eligibility age. Many Americans [...]

America Near Bottom In Life Expectancy In Developed World

By: Friday January 11, 2013 7:23 am

The facts are in, the American health care system is one of the worst in the developed world. Yes, the continual line repeated ad nauseum during the Obamacare debate about ruining the best health care system in the world by more regulation of insurance companies has been thoroughly discredited: Americans die younger and have more [...]

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, [...]

450,000 Seniors Would Lose Coverage Under Medicare Eligibility Age Increase

By: Tuesday December 11, 2012 2:21 pm

The ferocious pushback on a trial balloon offer to raise the Medicare eligibility age continued today, at a very high level.

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.

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 [...]

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