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 [...]
|By: David Dayen 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, [...]
|By: David Dayen 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.
|By: David Dayen 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.
|By: David Dayen 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 [...]
|By: David Dayen 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 [...]
|By: David Dayen 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 [...]
|By: David Dayen 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?
|By: David Dayen Friday November 30, 2012 2:34 pm|
Courtesy Think Progress, here’s a pretty good chart detailing the health program savings that were included in the White House’s opening bid on the fiscal slope. You can get this information from the White House’s FY2013 budget request. As you can see above, the plurality of the savings come from “Medicaid drug rebates for Part [...]
|By: David Dayen Wednesday November 28, 2012 1:10 pm|
This diatribe bestowed upon Rep. Raul Grijalva on CNBC, which has become Fiscal Cliff TV, is really priceless, with the anchor accusing Grijalva of tanking the market because he refuses to cut benefits for poor people and seniors. The means testing angle is really a joke here, too. Medicare is already means-tested. To means-test it [...]
|By: David Dayen 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 [...]