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Socialism, American Style

Steve Skrovan | Posted 01.28.2016 | Politics
Steve Skrovan

The next time an American voter asks Bernie Sanders what he means by "socialism," this is what I would whisper in his ear...

2016 Will Be a Defining Moment for the Future of America's Retirement Safety Net

Max Richtman | Posted 12.14.2015 | Politics
Max Richtman

The 2016 elections will be a defining moment for whether America's retirement safety net stays or goes. It's critical that American voters of all ages demand that candidates for president and Congress -- Republicans and Democrats -- are held accountable for policies which will impact generations of American families.

Obama's Fast Track Attack on Women

Martha Burk | Posted 06.07.2016 | Politics
Martha Burk

The President is asking for "fast track" authority to let the White House be the sole negotiator on the Trans Pacific Partnership. The so-called partnership is an insult to all U.S. workers, with many provisions that will hurt women the most.

CMS: It Cuts Deep

Hector Barreto | Posted 06.08.2015 | Latino Voices
Hector Barreto

The ongoing impact of Medicare Advantage cuts imposed by CMS on the sustainability of a successful program is not only proving to be detrimental for America's seniors; it is unacceptable.

Sam Stein

Senate Democrats Plot Move To Make Medicare Changes Harder | Sam Stein | Posted 03.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As part of a midterm elections effort to portray Democrats as the party protecting and nurturing the middle class, the Democratic Senate...

Samantha Lachman

Bill Cassidy Attacks Obamacare Medicare Savings, But Admits He Voted For Them | Samantha Lachman | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics

Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) has been running for Sen. Mary Landrieu's (D-La.) Senate seat in part by attacking the Affordable Care Act and its impact on...

Sam Stein

The Cycle Of 'Mediscare' Will Not, Cannot, Be Broken | Sam Stein | Posted 03.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In May 2011, a group of freshmen House Republicans wrote a letter to the White House calling for a serious, sober conversation on entitl...

Health Care Consumes Over a Third of Social Security Checks

Ben Veghte | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
Ben Veghte

The vast majority of America's seniors live on modest, fixed incomes. They have paid into Social Security throughout their working lives. Congress has a sacred obligation to protect them from out-of-control health care costs in retirement.

Michael McAuliff

Budget Deal Whacks Medicare Providers | Michael McAuliff | Posted 12.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It's hard to discern in the budget deal announced Tuesday night, but the bulk of its deficit savings come from fresh cuts to Medicare pr...

Potential Medicare Cuts Impact Patients With Kidney Disease

Mike Spradley | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Mike Spradley

One of the most basic rights we as Americans have is our voice to be heard. No matter where you are in America you should contact elected representatives to the House of Representatives and U.S. Senate. Tell them cuts to CDK and  ESRD  are unacceptable.

Why We Should Fear - and Fight - An Entitlement-Cutting "Grand Bargain"

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 11.22.2013 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

The Republicans who are attempting to force a showdown over Obamacare are still railing against the programs they call "entitlements." They're all looking for a face-saving deal, and Social Security and Medicare could very well become its Ground Zero.

Health Care Company Files For Bankruptcy, Blames Gov't Cuts

Reuters | Posted 07.30.2013 | Business

By Tom Hals May 30 (Reuters) - Sound Shore Health System Inc of suburban New York City filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, blaming gover...

Ghost in the Machine: Pete Peterson Haunts College Campuses

Mary Bottari | Posted 07.12.2013 | Politics
Mary Bottari

Media touted the event without looking deeper. Clips the day after did the same. Nary a mention of Pete Peterson or his vicious austerity agenda which will slash government spending, kill jobs, condemn students to higher rates of debt and make it much harder for graduates to succeed.

Paul Blumenthal

Fix The Debt Campaign Caused Split With Think Tank | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Late in 2012, the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (CRFB), the leading organization promoting a grand budget bargain that incl...

The Budget Speech Obama Didn't Give

Robert Kuttner | Posted 06.14.2013 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Fiscal conservatives around Obama have sold the president on the idea that nipping and tucking Social Security and Medicare is an easy way to get a lot of money, and doing it by the backdoor will entail a lower political cost to him. So far, he seems to have been proven wrong on all three assumptions. The Republicans haven't given an inch, the $270 billion in cuts undertaken so far this year under the January budget deal and the March sequester have cut the growth rate in half, and he is alienating core Democratic constituencies. One unanticipated benefit of Obama's stance is new, explicit pressure on Democratic House and Senate members, as well as candidates considering running for president in 2016, to pledge not to cut Social Security and Medicare. It would be so much better if this Democratic president were behaving as a progressive leader right now.

Big Pharma Pockets $711 Billion in Profits by Robbing Seniors, Taxpayers

Ethan Rome | Posted 06.08.2013 | Politics
Ethan Rome

Here's an outrage that must be changed: Big Pharma has been systematically price-gouging the Medicare program for seniors and people with disabilities -- and raking in billions in excessive profits.

Cut Social Security to Destroy the Recovery

Robert Kuttner | Posted 06.07.2013 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

The Republican bargaining habit is well-established -- take Obama's "final" offer as the new starting point and demand further concessions. With this strategy, our president has let them take him to the cleaners for more than four years now, and is still hoping that sweet reasonableness will produce compromise. It never has and never will. If Democrats stand for anything, it is defense of Social Security and Medicare -- America's two most broadly beneficial and most beloved government programs -- and the president just gave away this last bit of product differentiation. In the past, Republicans have saved Obama from himself by refusing to consider any tax hikes. Now, I'm beginning to think, it's time for Democrats save him from himself. And the Democratic Party. And us.

Why Obama's Social Security Cuts Are Our Wake-Up Call

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 06.07.2013 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

No jobs. No growth. Falling income. Unaffordable colleges. A dying middle class. Young people without hope. The greatest economic inequality in modern history. And yet, in the midst of the Long Depression, we're told that the president intends to cuts Social Security.

The Top 10 Things Everyone Should Know About Medicare

U.S. News And World Report | Posted 04.07.2013 | Fifty

Almost all Americans who work pay into the Medicare system, but not everyone knows about the benefits they will become eligible for when they turn 65....

The Grand Bargain We Don't Need

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.10.2013 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

It isn't Social Security and Medicare that are killing other social programs, but Republican refusal to support them. The ratio of public debt to GDP is roughly stable for the next decade. If we begin making cuts now, whether in Social Security and Medicare, or in other outlays, we will slow the recovery. That will only worsen the debt ratio over the long term, and at a depressed level of economic output. Republicans do resist higher taxes, but at times Democrats have prevailed in raising taxes on the rich -- with the full support of the voters. President Clinton managed it in 1993, and even President Obama, though he settled for too skimpy a bargain, got Republicans to vote for a $630 billion tax hike on the top one percent last January. Faced with a choice of cuts in Social Security and Medicare or tax increases on the wealthy, polls show that most voters opt for the taxes.

The Sequester Debacle: Who Takes the Fall?

Robert Kuttner | Posted 04.26.2013 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

The sequester, and all the sequential sequesters over the next decade, deprive Democrats of the resources that they need to be, well, Democrats. Obama can proclaim big, bold initiatives as he did in the State of the Union Address, but they are all mere gestures -- because there is no money to spend on any of them, thanks to the bipartisan obsession with budget cutting. Even worse, Democrats end up colluding in eviscerating very popular and necessary signature programs like Medicare and Social Security, which literally define the core differences between the two parties. So by 2016, and even by 2014, nobody will much remember who was more at fault in the sequester battle of early 2013. The voters will be looking at their own economic situation, and it won't be pretty.

Unlikely Prescription for Medicare's Fiscal Woes

J.D. Kleinke | Posted 04.16.2013 | Politics
J.D. Kleinke

This is exactly how it works with many of the hundreds of mini-IPABs operating today across the health insurance industry, in secret. No drug reps, no boondoggles, no contact with industry. Huh?

WATCH: President Obama Address Medicare Costs In State Of The Union Address

Posted 02.13.2013 | Fifty

President Barack Obama delivered his State Of The Union address last night, during which he talked about his goal to bring down Medicare costs for sen...

My 5 Proudest Medicare Moments

Next Avenue | Posted 02.05.2013 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Carol Osborn, Ph.D. Enrolling in the federal health program for Americans over 65 wasn’t easy or quick, but I enjo...

A Program for Fighting Poverty: No Cuts to Social Security or Medicare, and Medicare for All

Rose Ann DeMoro | Posted 03.25.2013 | Politics
Rose Ann DeMoro

It's time to send an unmistakable message to Congress and the White House: End the silence on poverty, don't make poverty worse by making cuts to Social Security or Medicare, and address a principle cause of poverty with a permanent fix to our dysfunctional health care system.