Michael Moore: It’s Time For Single Payer Health Care

By: Thursday January 2, 2014 6:08 am

In an op-ed in the New York Times to commemorate the new year and beginning of Obamacare coverage filmmaker and activist Michael Moore suggested it was time for everyone to acknowledge that “Obamacare is awful.” That the program is a pro-insurance nightmare that does nothing to rein in the costs from a rent-seeking insurance industry [...]

Contra the Deficit Scolds, We Can Keep Medicare and Medicaid Strong Simply By Keeping Them Intact

By: Wednesday November 28, 2012 1:10 pm

This diatribe bestowed upon Rep. Raul Grijalva on CNBC, which has become Fiscal Cliff TV, is really priceless, with the anchor accusing Grijalva of tanking the market because he refuses to cut benefits for poor people and seniors. The means testing angle is really a joke here, too. Medicare is already means-tested. To means-test it [...]

Medicaid Cutbacks Rely on Trims to Dental Coverage

By: Thursday August 30, 2012 8:14 am

We’re told that we’re on the precipice of coming to a great reckoning with our major health care programs. Medicare and Medicaid are bloated and must be brought to heel. The truth is we’re already going through that reckoning. We’re already cutting back on these programs. The federal government just leaves it to the states [...]

Mitt Romney Inadvertently Praises Government-Run Israeli Health Care

By: Monday July 30, 2012 11:05 am

I hate to harp on one speech by Mitt Romney, but it was quite illustrative on another count. This unintentionally revealing statement is getting a lot of scrutiny today: “Do you realize what health care spending is as a percentage of the G.D.P. in Israel? Eight percent,” [Romney] said. “You spend eight percent of G.D.P. [...]

Cost Shifting Leading to Lower Health Spending as Patients Forego Procedures

By: Thursday July 5, 2012 11:41 am

David Wessel’s column today in the Wall Street Journal might be welcoming news if you wear a green eyeshade for a living. I don’t know why the rest of us should find it so encouraging: For the past couple of years, U.S. health-care spending has been growing at a surprisingly slow pace. A lot of [...]

Single Payer Fight to Intensify in States if Court Strikes Down Health Care Law

By: Wednesday June 27, 2012 10:54 am

One school of thought in progressive circles, if the Supreme Court strikes down the Affordable Care Act, is that this will afford an opportunity to return to the public with a full-throated call for “Medicare for All,” a single-payer system that would use taxes to fund health coverage for all of the country’s citizens, as [...]

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 [...]

Once Again: Raising the Medicare Eligibility Age Is A Terrible Idea

By: Tuesday November 15, 2011 12:58 pm

With continued uncertainty with the Super Committee and the future of the safety net, I feel compelled to once again explain why raising the Medicare eligibility age is a completely misguided idea. Here is Matt Tobias with yet another set of particulars: A report by the Kaiser Family Foundation said that much of the cost [...]

States Speak Out Against Potential Health Care Cuts

By: Friday July 15, 2011 12:52 pm

Obama did put means testing of Medicare on the table in his press conference today, but I’m actually mostly unconcerned by that. First of all, we already means test Medicare for the top 5% of income. I don’t think we should dip any further, because of how that traditionally affects social programs (it makes them [...]

Health Cuts in Debt Limit Proposal Mainly Cost-Shifting

By: Wednesday July 13, 2011 2:05 pm

John McCain has now signed on for Mitch McConnell’s debt limit plan. I don’t think there’s much doubt that the votes are there in the Senate – even over 60 if someone like Jim DeMint or Rand Paul filibusters – to pass the bill. The House is another matter, as Eric Cantor has gone rogue [...]

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