Medicare Advantage Example Yields Lessons for Both Parties

By: Monday August 27, 2012 8:21 am

The substance of the Medicare debate in the 2012 election is completely at odds with the realities. The Romney campaign hammers away at the $716 billion in “Medicare cuts” imposed by the Affordable Care Act, designed to blunt a traditional Democratic advantage on the topic, as it did in 2010. So far this has worked; [...]

Romney Disavows Medicare Cuts From Ryan Budget

By: Thursday August 16, 2012 7:37 am

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan kept getting tripped up in their attacks on Barack Obama’s “$716 billion in Medicare cuts” by the inconvenient fact that Ryan included the same cuts in his budget. So after a fruitless week, Romney and Ryan came up with a new plan: to explicitly disavow those Medicare cuts. COLUMBUS, Ohio [...]

Ron Wyden’s Dilemma in Disavowing Ryan/Wyden

By: Wednesday August 15, 2012 10:25 am

The selection of Paul Ryan as the Vice Presidential nominee on the Republican side meant that Senator Ron Wyden’s name would suddenly come up a lot in national political discussions. Wyden doesn’t appear on Sunday shows much and he comes from a Western state, so he’s typically an un-politician among the Beltway elite. But he [...]

Romney Runs 2010 Playbook, Attacks Obama on Medicare Cuts

By: Tuesday August 14, 2012 12:30 pm

The first Presidential candidate to capitalize on the Medicare conversation with advertising is Mitt Romney. In an ad that gives more face time to his running mate Paul Ryan, Romney attacks Barack Obama for including $716 billion in cuts to Medicare in the Affordable Care Act, which will go “to a massive new government program [...]

Romney Already Running From Ryan Budget, Attacking Democrats for Medicare Cuts

By: Saturday August 11, 2012 3:26 pm

Paul Ryan spent his first day as a Vice Presidential candidate watching his counterpart on the ticket disavow a plan he spent years generating. This is from a set of talking points distributed to GOP surrogates: 1) Does this mean Mitt Romney is adopting the Paul Ryan plan? · Gov. Romney applauds Paul Ryan for [...]

Slower Medicare Growth Implies Superior Aspects of Single-Payer Systems

By: Monday March 12, 2012 12:17 pm

Mitt Romney turned 65 today, and he celebrated by having his campaign staff belch out a misleading memo about Medicare (Mitt actually did not enroll in Medicare, so he now must turn to the private market with a mere $250 million in personal wealth to protect him). Romney tried to claim that President Obama’s policies, [...]

Ryan Teams with Wyden on New Plan for Medicare

By: Thursday December 15, 2011 6:31 am

In a surprise move, Paul Ryan found a Democratic partner to propose a new Medicare plan that does not fully privatize it, but instead keeps fee-for-service Medicare as an option alongside a premium support plan. This is the same proposal that the front-running Republican Presidential candidates have made. Here’s the plan in a nutshell, from [...]

Romney’s Plan to Break Up Medicare

By: Monday November 7, 2011 8:55 am

So Mitt Romney released a fiscal plan. I hope his idea to eliminate Title X family planning funding, going much further than even many House Republicans, gets more attention. And there are some other far-right proposals in there as well, like raising the retirement age and capping spending at 20% of GDP and block-granting Medicaid. [...]

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 [...]

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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