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Medicare Reform

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.

Jonathan Cohn

Either John Boehner Or Nancy Pelosi Is Very Wrong About What Their Medicare Bill Will Do | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 03.26.2015 | Politics

The new Medicare bill that the House passed on Thursday would weaken the program. No, wait. The new Medicare bill that the House passed on Thursday...

Medicare Reform: Scrap the SGR and Use Markets to Control Costs

Hadley Heath | Posted 12.30.2014 | Politics
Hadley Heath

Competition for the biggest waste of time in Washington is fierce, but certainly the annual "doc fix" exercise deserves to be in the running.

5 Common Medicare Mistakes And How To Avoid Them

Ann Brenoff | Posted 12.23.2014 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

I am about to turn 65 and am eligible for Medicare. But it appears that things between me and Mr. M are already off to a rocky start. Frankly, I think he's a lying cheating bastard who promises to love and care for you like nobody's business but then -- at least from what I keep hearing from friends who have already spent time in his company -- it turns out he's all talk and no action.

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...

Michael McAuliff

Here's A Bipartisan Duo Liberals Fear: Ron Wyden And Paul Ryan | Michael McAuliff | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and soon-to-be Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) have worked toget...

Medicare Drug Benefit Kept Its Promise, Must Improve

Tommy G. Thompson | Posted 02.07.2014 | Politics
Tommy G. Thompson

While the Affordable Care Act continues to badly stumble out of the gate, it is instructive to look at the last major change to our health care system -- the addition of a prescription drug benefit to the Medicare program.

Is This Million-Dollar Surgery Necessary? Medicare Says Yes

Posted 05.30.2013 | Fifty

Taxpayers are forced to pay tens of millions of dollars for a potentially unnecessary cosmetic eyelid surgery covered by Medicare, according to the Ce...

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....

Why Young Adults Should Care About Medicare

Erin Havel | Posted 05.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Erin Havel

My career was going very well, I was healthy in every usual sense of the word, until this rare condition became a problem. Drawing on "entitlements" at a young age was not my plan. No one saw this coming, but thank goodness for those safety-net programs our country has in place.

Part D "Rebates" Go Against the Spirit of the Medicare Program

Robert B. Blancato | Posted 02.17.2013 | Politics
Robert B. Blancato

As they grapple with a balanced strategy for addressing the deficit, members of Congress would be wise to think twice about altering one government program that is saving money and is widely popular among those it serves.

History of Political Idiots

Jag Bhalla | Posted 02.16.2013 | Politics
Jag Bhalla

Idios in Ancient Greek meant private, and only someone not in their right mind would choose to ignore the fact that all private interests depend on the public good. We are idiots if we ignore this, or vote for politicians that do.

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?

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.

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...

A Voucher-Based System for Medicare Is Not a Solution for Health Care

Kenneth Davis | Posted 12.08.2012 | Politics
Kenneth Davis

Putting private insurers into the ring with traditional Medicare, it is presumed, will change the trajectory of overall health care costs, and solve our cost crisis. Unfortunately, the answer is not so simple.

Heavy Strain On Medicare Cornerstone Has Some Worrying

Posted 12.03.2012 | Politics

Chances are you see money deducted from every paycheck to fund Medicare. But while the bite may seem big, payroll taxes cover less than 40 percent of ...

Tenured Economists For a Free Market President

Pat Choate | Posted 12.02.2012 | Politics
Pat Choate

Romney's economic plan has gained the public endorsement of more than 600 professional economists. This public support, however, is diminished by the fact that most of these economists are urging voters to do as they say, but not as they do.

Romney Finally Reveals His Nearsighted Vision for Health Reform

Linda Bergthold | Posted 11.26.2012 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

In the New England Journal of Medicine, both President Obama and Governor Romney offer statements revealing their vision for the future of health care. Finally we have a definitive statement of Romney's vision for the future. Actually -- not really.

The Doctor Will See You Now...Or Will He?

Posted 11.13.2012 | Politics

There are more Medicare doctors, but more of them are limiting their access to Medicare patients. The number of doctors billing Medicare rose 32 perce...

Democrats Look For Ways To Solve Their 'White Guy' Problem

Reuters | Posted 11.06.2012 | Politics

* Both parties showcase diversity at conventions * Seeking ways to lessen Obama's vote deficit among whites * Republican...

'Dangerous' Ryan Plan Spurs Surprising Reversal

The New Yorker | Posted 08.19.2012 | Politics

One of the things we’ll hear quite a bit from Republicans in the coming months is that the Ryan/Romney approach to reforming Medicare, which involve...

Whose Plan Destroys Medicare -- Obama's or Romney-Ryan's?

Robert Reich | Posted 10.14.2012 | Politics
Robert Reich

The ACA uses its Medicare savings to help children and lower-income Americans afford health care, and to help seniors pay for prescription drugs by filling the so-called "donut hole." The Romney-Ryan plan uses the savings to finance even bigger tax cuts for the very wealthy.

Michael McAuliff

Inventor Of Paul Ryan's Medicare Idea Explains Why It's Wrong | Michael McAuliff | Posted 05.03.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The co-creator of the concept that Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is relying upon to reform Medicare no longer thinks it will work. Henry Aaron...

Ryan-Wyden Medicare Reform Approach - Worth a Serious Look

Lanny Davis | Posted 05.21.2012 | Politics
Lanny Davis

Among the most hypocritical aspects of certain purist Democrats who call themselves liberals is their willingness to attack any Democrat who veers eve...