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 [...]

GOP Continues Death Grip on Medicare Phase-Out Plan

By: Wednesday June 1, 2011 9:10 am

Not only will the House today walk the plank again on the Ryan budget that ends Medicare, but as we’ve seen, the plan has become a litmus test in the 2012 GOP Presidential primary. Jon Huntsman, who is trying to distinguish himself in that field, gave Ryan’s plan an endorsement today in a Wall Street [...]

Hoyer: Medicare Up for Discussion in Grand Bargain Talks

By: Tuesday May 24, 2011 11:52 am

Steny Hoyer confirmed today what was already reported by several outlets, that the Biden debt limit talks today will take a look at Medicare. After arguing that Democrats made significant headway toward extending Medicare’s solvency with the health care law, Hoyer said, “Do I believe that there are other things we can do related to [...]

Board Designed to Figure Out How to Increase Supply of Doctors Cannot Meet

By: Monday May 16, 2011 2:03 pm

Whether you think that health care reform represents a new beginning for America or the death of freedom, or anywhere in between, I think you can agree that, if the US decides to cover more Americans, it will need a whole lot more primary care physicians that currently exist. It’s not that easy to see [...]

HHS Gives in on Medicare Advantage Cuts

By: Wednesday April 20, 2011 12:08 pm

Politicians have a sense that the Medicare system is paying out more than it takes in, they pay lip service to bringing that into balance, but in reality, they mirror the public in not wanting to do much about it. Given that the problem is more overall health care costs, particularly provider costs and the [...]

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