VP Debate: The Constrained Discussion on Social Insurance

By: Friday October 12, 2012 8:30 am

I think Dave Weigel highlights the right moment in last night’s Vice Presidential debate, on the subject of Medicare. Paul Ryan is most closely associated with that policy, and Biden was clearly briefed that Ryan would try to bamboozle his way through the question. So Biden cut off the ring and never let one lie [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Thoughts on the Paul Ryan VP Selection

By: Saturday August 11, 2012 10:29 am

I suppose that the selection of Paul Ryan as the Vice Presidential nominee on the Republican ticket makes my job a lot easier. I’ve written plenty about Ryan and his signature proposal, a budget roadmap that would end Medicare as we know it, block grant Medicaid, add private accounts to Social Security, take a hatchet [...]

The Supreme Court and the ACA: If Only We Had Realized How Crazy We’ve Become

By: Sunday June 24, 2012 10:06 am

Among the growing number of stories speculating on the potential outcomes of the Supreme Court’s decision on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act’s mandates and coverage expansion, we’re also seeing articles like this — Supporters Slow to Grasp Health Law’s Legal Risks — by Peter Baker of the New York Times.  Baker suggests that [...]

FY 2013 Budget Still Looming for Congress Before Election Day

By: Monday March 5, 2012 8:55 am

Despite the deep divisions in Washington and the looming election, Congress still has at least one job to do before November 6. They have to pass a budget or at least fund government operations when the next fiscal year begins on October 1. House Republicans have not shifted their view, regardless of the popularity, that [...]

Politifact Disgraces Themselves with “Lie of the Year” Award

By: Tuesday December 20, 2011 7:35 am

You buy a hamburger from me and I give you a piece of hard black leather on a bun. You protest and I say, no, I’m still calling it a hamburger, so you got what you asked for. You start running around telling everyone I sell leather as hamburgers, and I get my local fact-checking [...]

Liberal Wonks Blast Ryan-Wyden

By: Friday December 16, 2011 1:02 pm

Now that Democratic politicians have taken their shot at Ryan-Wyden, liberal wonks are having their turn puncturing the Medicare/premium support hybrid plan. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is pretty unsparing in their analysis. Here’s a taste: Its sponsors say the proposal would avoid shifting health costs to beneficiaries, but that’s not so. It [...]

Ryan-Wyden Getting No Love on Democratic Side

By: Thursday December 15, 2011 12:16 pm

The news that Sen. Ron Wyden and Rep. Paul Ryan have joined forces on a premium support/Medicare hybrid has gone over like a lead balloon in the Democratic caucus, as well as the White House. First off, Democrats in the House showed little interest in the plan, which would allow private companies on a regulated [...]

Romney Offers Support to Ryan Plan to End Medicare

By: Friday December 9, 2011 8:55 am

This salvo from a Romney-linked Super PAC includes the charge that Newt Gingrich supported a health insurance mandate they call “the centerpiece of Obamacare.” The fact that it was also the centerpiece of Romneycare doesn’t appear in the advertisement. But Romney, now the underdog for the GOP nomination, has to scrap back by attacking Gingrich [...]

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. [...]

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