Paul Ryan’s Budget Priorities: Transforming Government

By: Monday August 13, 2012 8:15 am

When you talk about “the Ryan budget,” you have to make a set of distinctions. There are actually, I believe, three Ryan budgets. The first, which pre-dates his ascension to the chair of the House Budget Committee, was a ridiculous conservative fantasy that slashed taxes and increased deficits by something like $60 trillion over time. [...]

Victims of Foreclosure Crisis Line Up Demographically With Core Democratic Voting Blocs

By: Friday July 20, 2012 12:22 pm

If we were to build the perfect example of an individual borrower squeezed by the foreclosure crisis, they would line up somewhat favorably with the attributes of the average voter that the Obama campaign is hoping will turn out in large numbers to put him over the top in this election. First of all, you [...]

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 [...]

Medicaid Pays for the Majority of Elderly in Nursing Homes

By: Wednesday May 11, 2011 9:10 am

Republicans may cling to this belief that they still want to muck around with Medicare, but it’s not going to happen. For one, their partners in an entire house of Congress don’t want to touch the thing. I suppose they can give means testing a shot, but privatization isn’t happening. So for any big changes [...]

Republican Barletta Faces Angry Senior at Town Hall

By: Thursday April 21, 2011 11:37 am

Another Republican’s town hall meeting has been disrupted by an angry senior opposed to the GOP vote to end Medicare (Politifact notwithstanding). Reminiscent of the August 2009 town halls when members of Congress faced angry constituents over health care reforms, a public forum in Carbon County with Rep. Lou Barletta Wednesday night provided a glimpse [...]

The DCCC’s Bad Ad Team

By: Tuesday April 19, 2011 12:59 pm

As a pure political tactic, getting started early with the message that Republicans voted to end Medicare sounds like a winner for Democrats. But I will veer slightly into a different kind of analysis for the moment. Why would you play this funny? Why give the message that old people are worthy of derision, essentially [...]

Ryan Budget Would Massively Increase Costs for Senior Health Care

By: Wednesday April 6, 2011 8:10 am

I don’t disagree with a thing in either this Jon Walker post or this Jon Walker post. And I’m not about to defend the exchange scheme in the Affordable Care Act. But there are a couple key differences between that and the Ryan plan. First, health care for senior citizens is exponentially more expensive than [...]

Republicans Abandon Winning 2010 Strategy with Medicare Privatization Plan

By: Monday April 4, 2011 10:43 am

As many on the blogosphere have been noting for months, the only policy item Republicans used to win election in November 2010 was an odd defense of Medicare. They accused Democrats who voted for the Affordable Care Act of cutting $523 billion in Medicare funding to “pay for Obama-care.” They positioned themselves as the defenders [...]

Medicare Premium Hikes Wiping Out Increases in Social Security Benefits

By: Monday March 28, 2011 8:35 am

Duck Durbin says that it would be “extremely difficult” to round up 60 votes for any changes to Social Security. But in a way, the Social Security benefit is being cut already. For the past two years, there have been no changes to the cost of living adjustment, despite increases in the core costs for [...]

Democrats Move to Outflank Republicans on Health Care

By: Monday January 24, 2011 8:56 am

Democrats in the Senate may be warming to a confrontational vote to repeal the health care bill, while attempting to embarrass Republicans along the way. If Republicans try to bring repeal to the floor as an amendment to a separate bill – a non-germane amendment, which never gets discussed in talking about Senate rules – [...]

Democrats Using One-Time Social Security Benefit Issue in Midterm Elections

By: Tuesday October 19, 2010 8:30 am

As expected, the $250 one-time benefit sought by Democrats for Social Security recipients has become a talking point in the campaign. Both Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid have committed their chambers to a vote on the bill in the lame-duck session, with strong support from the President. But the lack of support caucus-wide in the [...]

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