Today on the Fiscal Slopes

By: Thursday November 15, 2012 3:55 pm

I don’t think this will be a regular feature, but here are a few things on everybody’s favorite cliff/slope metaphor that caught my eye at the end of the day: First of all, unions are so far following through on protecting social insurance against potential attacks from both parties: The American Federation Of State, County [...]

New Poverty Statistics Show Need for Bigger, Not Smaller, Social Security Benefits

By: Wednesday November 14, 2012 12:58 pm

New Census Bureau statistics on poverty show a shocking increase in the number of seniors below the poverty line, suggesting that this would be the worst time to add on benefit cuts to critical social insurance programs like Social Security and Medicare. Focusing on adequacy of those programs would make much more sense. The Census [...]

Obama’s Opening Bid: His FY2013 Budget Request

By: Wednesday November 14, 2012 6:21 am

The White House released to the Washington Postwhat amounts to an opening bid for fiscal slope/grand bargain talks. It turns out that this is actually just what was in the President’s proposed 2013 budget. But since it does add up to $4 trillion over 10 years, and since everyone’s getting serious about negotiations, we can [...]

Pressure Increases for a Grand Bargain Without Any Policy Rationale

By: Friday November 9, 2012 7:00 am

Chuck Schumer, obviously running point for Senate Democrats on fiscal slope negotiations, claims that a chastened GOP will be willing to deal. But the only party who has made any concessions on a deal has been Chuck Schumer, floating an extension of current tax rates for upper-income earners, accompanying a limit on deductions. He went [...]

Health Care Law Faces Sprint After Election

By: Wednesday November 7, 2012 2:39 pm

One signature consequence, perhaps the leading consequence, of last night’s electoral victory for Democrats is that the implementation of Obamacare will now proceed unfettered. At least at the federal level. But as we’ve noted for many months, the law’s facility will rise or fall on the willingness of the states to carry it out. After [...]

Medicaid Cut Costs in 2012 by Making Its Insurance Less Effective

By: Friday October 26, 2012 3:15 pm

Medicaid spending slowed down in 2012 and similar slowing is expected for 2013. However, it’s being accomplished through precisely the same program that Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan endorse for the program – by effectively taking beneficiaries off the rolls. The data comes from the respected Kaiser Family Foundation, and their annual survey of all [...]

Mitt Romney’s Medicaid Claims Belie How Block Granting Would Affect the Program

By: Tuesday October 23, 2012 1:31 pm

As I’ve said before, the domestic policy area where the candidates truly differ in both their positions and their actions is clearly on Medicaid. Barack Obama signed a signature law that expands Medicaid to 16 million additional beneficiaries from current law; Mitt Romney would turn Medicaid into a block grant, eliminating the ability for the [...]

The Dividing Line Between the Presidential Candidates on Social Insurance Really Falls on Medicaid

By: Monday October 15, 2012 1:43 pm

Throughout the election campaign, when the two competitors talk about social insurance programs, they usually confine it to Social Security and Medicare, and really just Medicare. And it’s true that the Romney-Ryan plan for a voucher program instead of traditional Medicare would lead to higher premiums for most seniors. But the planned growth rates for [...]

Free Health Care Clinics Focus on Moving Patients Into Continuing Coverage

By: Friday September 28, 2012 9:18 am

Last year, I went to the Los Angeles Sports Arena to witness a massive free medical clinic for thousands of low-income residents. I was impressed by the focus on enrolling patients for continuing care, either through coverage programs within the city or community health centers. The health clinic has returned to LA this week, and [...]

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 [...]

Maine Challenges Maintenance of Effort Requirements for Medicaid

By: Thursday September 6, 2012 12:19 pm

Add Maine to the list of states vowing to block the Medicaid expansion from the Affordable Care Act. Of those states who have vowed to opt out, Maine is a little further down the scale in terms of impact. According to a Kaiser study, 43,468 low-income Mainers would get coverage under the expansion (for context, [...]

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