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Medicare Reform

The Burr/Coburn Medicare Plan: 10 Deceptions - and a Free-Market "Death Panel"

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 04.17.2012 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Burr and Coburn want you to believe that they can raise the Medicare eligibility age, make you pay more in premiums, turn your health care over to the same insurers that are bankrupting you before you're sixty-five -- and that somehow you'll save money!

GOP Senators Unveil Plan That Would Raise Medicare Eligibility Age

AP | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR | Posted 04.17.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Two Republican senators unveiled a Medicare overhaul Thursday that features an accelerated transition to private health insurance f...

Why Only 44 Words on Health Reform?

Linda Bergthold | Posted 03.26.2012 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

In the State of the Union, President Obama spent exactly 44 words on health reform; in 2010 he spent 570. Is the President backing away from his prized achievement, the Affordable Care Act? How should we interpret the complete lack of attention?

A Window of Hope for Fixing Medicare

Dr. Bruce A. Chernof, MD | Posted 03.18.2012 | Fifty
Dr. Bruce A. Chernof, MD

Seeing the patient first as a person and focusing on their daily functioning in the context of existing health conditions are the keys to making Medicare more cost effective, humane and sustainable.

Ron Wyden: Forging Common Ground on Medicare Reform

Menachem Rosensaft | Posted 02.18.2012 | Politics
Menachem Rosensaft

The Ryan-Wyden Medicare reform plan may well be less than perfect. But we know that all or nothing will in the end get us nothing. Ron Wyden and Paul Ryan deserve praise, not scorn, for at least trying to chart a path out of the quagmire.

Dem Senator: New Medicare Plan Is Just 'Lipstick On The Pig'

Posted 12.16.2011 | Politics

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) may have reached across the aisle to come up with a new bipartisan plan for Medicare reform, but that isn't allaying fears fro...

Paul Ryan To Do A 180 On Medicare

The Washington Post | Lori Montgomery | Posted 02.13.2012 | Politics

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, who has been castigated by Democrats and hailed by Republicans for his plan to privatize Medicare, will on ...

Fact vs. Fiction -- The Truth About Health Care Reform

Gary Peters | Posted 02.08.2012 | Detroit
Gary Peters

In 2009 and 2010, America was deeply divided over President Obama's health care reform legislation. Now, a year and a half later, Americans are getting a clear picture of how health insurance reform positively affects their lives.

Does President Obama Want to Impose a Crushing Burden on Our Children?

Dean Baker | Posted 11.12.2011 | Politics
Dean Baker

The latest budget proposal to raise the age of Medicare eligibility is a proposal to increase health care costs to our children and grandchildren by $2.7 trillion. The idea that this cut is being presented as somehow helping our children is a sick joke.

Jason Linkins

CNN Reporters Encounter Ordinary Americans In The Wild, Are Confused To Learn They Aren't Also Obsessed With Beltway Kabuki Play | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.27.2011 | Media

We should probably applaud CNN for recently doing something unique among American cable news media -- they actually made an effort to find out what life is like for actual Americans, instead of creating a bunch of hodgepodge panels out of political strategists to expel balloon juice from their word holes. In the most recent case, the most trusted name in news dispatched a reporter to chat up some senior citizens in Pasadena, California. That's a nice start! But there's room for improvement here: The CNN reporters and anchors could try actually listening to what their interview subjects are telling them.

We Won't Be Fooled Again: Yes, an Independent Panel to Control Health Care Costs!

Ellen R. Shaffer | Posted 09.12.2011 | Politics
Ellen R. Shaffer

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) includes a brilliant solution for controlling health care costs while protecting Medicare. The Independent Payment Advis...

Doctor Shortage? No Problem

Jim Jaffe | Posted 09.10.2011 | Politics
Jim Jaffe

In medicine, supply creates demand. Show me an area with more hospital beds and I'll show you one with higher hospital utilization that doesn't improve population health status.

Sam Stein

DCCC Chair Steve Israel Relays Fears Over Candidate Recruitment If Dems Buckle On Medicare | Sam Stein | Posted 09.07.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chair Steve Israel warned lawmakers on Friday that he would have trouble recruiting candidat...

Why America Needs Seniors to Remain Healthy and in Their Homes

Kenneth Thorpe | Posted 08.27.2011 | Politics
Kenneth Thorpe

With many forecasting the end of Medicare for those under 55, several Washington insiders speculate that serious Medicare reform will remain a third rail of American politics.

Reforming Medicare Without Harming Seniors

Stephen M. Davidson | Posted 08.14.2011 | Politics
Stephen M. Davidson

Democrats have been slow to come up with their own Medicare reform plan. As they ponder what to do in this contentious atmosphere, some facts and analysis can't hurt.

Rethinking Health Care Spending

Maggie Kozel, M.D. | Posted 08.09.2011 | Healthy Living
Maggie Kozel, M.D.

Everyone agrees that our healthcare system -- and Medicare in particular -- is financially unsustainable.

In Race to End Medicare/Medicaid, GOP Think They Still Have a Shot at a Medal

Tom McMahon | Posted 08.06.2011 | Politics
Tom McMahon

As the debate over how to prevent defaulting on our government's debt goes forward, Republicans will attempt to hold the global economy hostage in order to kick seniors, low-income seniors and people with disabilities off Medicaid.

Democrats Press Advantage On Controversial GOP Medicare Plan

Posted 07.26.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Democrats on Wednesday defeated a Republican plan to scale back health benefits for future retirees and forced their...

Sam Stein

Top Obama Aide Compares 'Poorly Designed' Ryan Budget To His Own Basketball Skills: 'Slow,' 'Can't Jump' | Sam Stein | Posted 07.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- There was immediate concern after Tuesday night's special congressional election in upstate New York that the Obama administration had m...

Paul Ryan, GOP Defend Controversial Medicare Plan Amid Threat Of Backlash

Posted 07.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans on Wednesday rushed to defend their drive to cut government health spending amid signs it may spur a backlash f...

Ryan Grim

Why Medicare Will Be The Issue Of 2012 | Ryan Grim | Posted 07.24.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The 2012 election found its defining issue on Tuesday night, with an insurgent Democrat upsetting a well-financed Republican in a deeply...

Controversial Medicare Proposal Causing GOP Stress

AP | DAVID ESPO | Posted 07.24.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Little more than a month after they backed sweeping changes to Medicare, Republicans are on the political defensive, losing a House...

A Disguised Tax? JEC Report: Health Care Costs Projected To Double for Elderly

Hal Donahue | Posted 07.20.2011 | Politics
Hal Donahue

At a roundtable discussion on Friday in Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), Chairman of the Joint Economic Committee (JEC) unveiled...

Government: Bad Economy Has Shortened Life Of Social Security, Medicare


WASHINGTON — The bad economy is worsening the already-shaky finances of Medicare and Social Security, draining the trust funds supporting them f...

Michael McAuliff

GOP Releases Scary Medicare Ad After Republicans Decry 'MediScare' Tactics | Michael McAuliff | Posted 07.12.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The 87-member Republican freshman congressional class of 2010 may be among the most consequential crops of new legislators ever, but the...