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 [...]

Cuomo Seeks $30 Billion for Sandy Relief

By: Monday November 12, 2012 7:45 am

Chris Christie thought it a proud moment to claim, two weeks after Hurricane Sandy, that all power would be restored in the state of New Jersey. The public suffering most from the effects of the storm has not been amused by the boasts and exhortations of politicians. Meanwhile, residents in Long Island who have been [...]

The Impact of Hurricane Sandy on the Insurance Industry: Less Than You Think

By: Wednesday October 31, 2012 10:43 am

The common belief after a storm of the magnitude of Sandy is that the brunt of the cost will get picked up by insurance companies. But that’s far more true in the case of typical hurricanes in normal hurricane zones like the Gulf Coast. In the Atlantic Coast, insurance policies don’t come with flood insurance [...]

“New Public Option” Not a Public Option

By: Tuesday October 30, 2012 10:49 am

The need to offer a substitute to placate those desiring a public option created this Frankenstein monster, which was admittedly not well thought-out. Those who did it ended up with the worst of all possible worlds; no public option supporter really even knew about these multi-state plans, and they have the potential to disrupt the exchanges and cause a race to the bottom.

Romney’s Pre-Existing Condition “Plan” Involves Encouraging the States to Come Up With a Plan

By: Thursday October 4, 2012 7:10 am

The importance of what was not discussed in last night’s debate cannot be overstated. But the post-debate analysis will be tempered by whether the Romney campaign can hold on through the newfound tradition of fact-checking that will follow in the next couple days. Already one issue has been brought up. There was a lengthy but [...]

Red-State Governors Offer Partial Expansion of Medicaid

By: Tuesday September 18, 2012 12:20 pm

The Wall Street Journal reports today on the biggest non-Washington policy fight of the next few years, the bid to get states to accept the expansion of Medicaid. The Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare gave states an opt-out for the Medicaid expansion, designed to provide 1/2 of the total coverage expansion in the law. So [...]

Census Statistics Show Continued Decline in Median Income

By: Wednesday September 12, 2012 7:44 am

The US Census Bureau released median income, poverty and insurance stats today, all of which have a 90% confidence interval, meaning that there’s a fairly high margin for error. Still, the trends in median income are not encouraging, although the insurance stats bucked that trend. Here are the really bad median income statistics: Median family [...]

Republican Platform Will Feature End of Medicare as We Know It

By: Tuesday August 28, 2012 11:45 am

The Republican National Convention has been gaveled into order, and an already-hoarse RNC Chair Reince Priebus has begun the proceedings. The first day will include the roll call to formally nominate Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan for President and Vice President. What may have been an uncomfortable floor fight over the seating of delegates appears [...]

Hidden Costs: Drought Crushing Crop Insurance Industry

By: Monday August 27, 2012 11:38 am

Here’s another opportunity to lay out the real economic costs of climate change. Farmers had already prepared for extreme weather events by purchasing more and more crop insurance in recent years. So when a historic drought hit this summer, many crop producers had the ability to handle it, although livestock producers seeing a spike in [...]

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 [...]

Premium Support Deserves Demonization, Actually

By: Friday August 17, 2012 11:56 am

The liberal Internet has decided to pile on this piece in The New Republic from William Galston of the Brookings Institute. Galston thinks that Democrats ought to lay off Paul Ryan, because demonizing his plans for Medicare might invalidate premium support as an option for keeping the program finances sustainable. I think Paul Krugman says [...]

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