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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.

JetBlue and Its Friends Are Trying to Ruin Your Old Age

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 03.15.2013 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Forty more corporate CEOs, including JetBlue's, have joined a covert lobbying group for Wall Street, billionaires, and the defense industry called "Fix the Debt," in an effort to maximize their own already-swollen bank accounts by destroying your financial future.

Jennifer Bendery

Nancy Pelosi: My Support For Social Security Cut 'Was Really To Call The Bluff' Of Republicans | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 01.04.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) upset progressives last month when, amid the fiscal cliff debate, she said she backed the ...

3 Progressive Principles for the Next Deal

Rep. Keith Ellison | Posted 03.04.2013 | Politics
Rep. Keith Ellison

With yesterday's vote behind us, Americans face an even bigger fight in the coming months: funding our government, avoiding devastating cuts known as sequestration, and avoiding default on our country's bills.

Obama's Bad Deal and Worse Negotiating

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 03.03.2013 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

By easily compromising on his central campaign promise that he claimed was a line in the sand, Obama signaled to Republicans that there's nothing he won't compromise on.

New Year, New Low for Republicans

Robert Kuttner | Posted 03.01.2013 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Obama wanted to be the president who would change the tone in Washington, meaning a more collaborative relationship with the Republicans. That was not to be. The Republicans would not allow it.

Cutting Medicine off the Fiscal Cliff

Steven J. Corwin, M.D. | Posted 02.19.2013 | New York
Steven J. Corwin, M.D.

There are no painless solutions. Every dollar cut in healthcare means something else goes away. The key is to cut wisely while not disproportionately reducing the very activities distinguishing American medicine.

'Right-Wing Social Engineering' Still Strong Despite Democratic Gains in 2012

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 02.19.2013 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

President Obama and the Democrats' willingness to accept cuts to Social Security in the form of the gimmicky "chained CPI" right after an election where no candidate for federal office campaigned on it shows that the Right's long-term project of undoing the New Deal marches on despite the electorate's wishes.

The Link Between Fiscal Health and Population Wellness

Kenneth Thorpe | Posted 02.10.2013 | Politics
Kenneth Thorpe

When Democrats and Republicans debate over how best to "cut" the Medicare benefit, we're not hearing nearly enough about the impact these potential cuts could have on the health and wellness of the patient in this process.

4 Republican Medicare Secrets ... and a $600 Billion Funeral

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 02.08.2013 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

This entire Medicare debate's being held under false pretenses. There are only two paths to $600 billion in savings. One's macabre and morbid, and is offered here only as a Swiftian "modest proposal." The other would take a chunk out of corporate profits. Which path do you think the GOP would prefer?

Worked Over: Why Raising the Medicare Eligibility Age is a Bad Idea

Tom Dalzell | Posted 02.06.2013 | Politics
Tom Dalzell

Upping the Medicare age may look like a good idea on paper to those crafting this deal in D.C. -- but therein lies the problem. Ignored by the wonks in Washington is the difference between actual physical work and the behind-the-desk pursuits of the people proposing this change.

What Would Happen If The Medicare Eligibility Age Changed?

AP | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR | Posted 12.07.2012 | Fifty

WASHINGTON -- Americans are living longer, and Republicans want to raise the Medicare eligibility age as part of any deal to reduce the government's h...

You Want True Bipartisanship? You Got It

Frances Causey | Posted 02.06.2013 | Politics
Frances Causey

I'm still amused when I read or hear people talk about how both parties are separated by ideology with Democrats wanting big government while Republicans are for smaller government.

Is Health Care Part of the "Fairy Dust" Talk About the Fiscal Cliff?

Linda Bergthold | Posted 02.03.2013 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

I'm getting really tired of the hysteria over this so-called, somewhat media created, "fiscal cliff." But I do think we are in for some changes in health care as a result of the discussions going on in Washington so here's what you should expect.

Some Thoughts on the Fiscal Cliff

Robert J. Shapiro | Posted 01.30.2013 | Politics
Robert J. Shapiro

As Republicans will have to concede more substantively on high-end tax increases, the administration will have to concede more here, especially on entitlements and almost certainly on business tax increases too.

Older Americans Deserve a Substantive, Fair Debate

Josh Rosenblum | Posted 01.28.2013 | Fifty
Josh Rosenblum

After eating too much turkey, Congress returned to Washington this week with more opinions than my politically divided family about how we can reduce our federal deficit before the New Year when time runs out, and the federal budget turns in to a speeding car driving off the "fiscal cliff."

Sabrina Siddiqui

Senate Democrats Open To Medicare Reform As Part Of Fiscal Cliff Talks | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 11.27.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Unfazed by campaign-season accusations of raiding Medicare, Democrats on the Hill said they are willing to consider reforming the entitl...

Ryan Grim

Democrats Unifying Around Defense Of Social Security | Ryan Grim | Posted 11.27.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Social Security does not contribute to the federal deficit and should not be a part of ongoing negotiations to avoid the so-called fisca...

Progressive Group Outlines Plan That Would Not 'Punish'

AP | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR | Posted 01.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Trying to prevent a raid on health care programs in upcoming budget talks, a think tank close to the White House on Wednesday relea...

Sarah Bufkin

Survey: Tax The Rich To Close The Deficit | Sarah Bufkin | Posted 11.08.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security should be off the table as congressional leaders attempt to broker a deal to avoid the sequester ...

Abortion, Obamacare, Medicare: Why Romney Is Unqualified to Be President

Miles J. Zaremski | Posted 10.25.2012 | Politics
Miles J. Zaremski

To be certain, Romney's statement that the Affordable Care decimating the Medicare program as we know it is completely and utterly false! So what is left for undecided voters with less than two weeks to go before the election?

Matt Sledge

Chris Murphy, Linda McMahon Face Off In Testy Connecticut Senate Debate | Matt Sledge | Posted 10.07.2012 | Politics

Linda McMahon and Rep. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) met in their first debate on Sunday, a crucial test in a heavily contested Senate race that has taken on...

Marco Rubio Makes The Medicare Case For Mitt Romney And Paul Ryan In New Ad

The Huffington Post | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 09.20.2012 | Politics

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) appears in an ad for the Mitt Romney campaign released Thursday, making the case that changes to Medicare are necessary in o...

Dear Mitt Romney: 'I Am the 47 Percent'

Sandi Bachom | Posted 09.18.2012 | Politics
Sandi Bachom

You see Mitt, everybody in this country, except you, the Koch brothers and Sheldon Adelson are all just "one bad thing away" from the woman on the street. Get used to it, there are more and more of us, but nobody is talking about it.