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The 4 Ways Congress Could Weaken Medicare If Trump Becomes President

Diane Archer | Posted 10.17.2016 | Fifty
Diane Archer

Much like Social Security, Americans across the political spectrum prize Medicare.

(Un)happy 50th for Medicare and Medicaid?

Martha Burk | Posted 07.26.2016 | Politics
Martha Burk

Fifty years ago in 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid into law, creating two programs that would disproportionately improve the lives of older and low-income Americans, especially women. Fast forward to 2015, and both are very much under siege.

If Budgets Are 'Moral Documents,' At Least We Know Where the GOP Stands

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.23.2015 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

When the House released its budget last Tuesday, Georgia Republican Rep. Rob Woodall said, "A budget is a moral document; it talks about where your values are." His chamber's spending plan shows that Republicans highly value war and place no value on health care for America's elderly, working poor and young adults.

Women and the Vote in 2012

Nancy K. Kaufman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Nancy K. Kaufman

For those candidates looking to court women voters, focusing on the survival of programs that keep food on the table, provide medical care, ensure a fair and equitable workplace, and give women the deciding voice in their own reproductive health care choices is a good place to start.

Strange Times

Mike Lux | Posted 12.19.2012 | Politics
Mike Lux

I am deeply aware of the irony of talking about taking Obama on in a big fight right after an election battle where I am so strongly supporting his reelection. Welcome to politics in 2012.

Message in a Bottle: Romney's Presidency Two Years in

Karl Frisch | Posted 12.16.2012 | Politics
Karl Frisch

I write this missive in the year 2014 from my small, poorly ventilated office in the Shandong Province of China where my job and millions of others have been outsourced by President Mitt Romney and his Republican allies in Congress.

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.

Our Presidential Debate Scorecard Shows Viewers Were the Real Losers

Max Richtman | Posted 12.05.2012 | Politics
Max Richtman

This election will likely determine the future of America's most successful anti-poverty and retirement security programs. Few American families will remain untouched by the decisions the next president and Congress will soon make.

Fun With Ryan-Care

Jeff Danziger | Posted 11.10.2012 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


Billionaire Dispatches From the RNC -- Day 3

Clifford J. Tasner | Posted 10.29.2012 | Politics
Clifford J. Tasner

Today, all of our telecommunications companies brought Republican lawmakers and candidates to Tropicana Field for batting practice. Come January, these are the guys who are going to take a bat to Net Neutrality once in for all, so it'll be a home run for us!

Voucher Time

Jeff Danziger | Posted 10.18.2012 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


What Does Romney Ryan Mean for Your Medicare?

Linda Bergthold | Posted 08.13.2012 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

Paul Ryan is most widely known as a proponent of a radical restructuring and privatization of Medicare. But beware the hyperbole on both sides. Ryan's plan would not necessarily "save" Medicare; nor would it necessarily destroy it.

Michael McAuliff

Paul Ryan's Vision For Medicare Will Win, Dem Says | Michael McAuliff | Posted 04.30.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democrats who are staking the 2012 election in part on the charge that Republicans will "end Medicare as we know it" likely will join in...

The Cowardly Senator Wyden

Dean Baker | Posted 02.18.2012 | Politics
Dean Baker

If Senator Wyden was really interested in holding down costs instead of denying care he didn't even have to make the big leap to a whole new system.

"Empowering Seniors"

Jonathan Schmock | Posted 07.26.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Schmock


America's Real Radicals: The 40 Senators Who Voted Against Medicare

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 07.27.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

When 40% of the Senate votes for a policy that's opposed by 78% of the public, it suggests that one of our political parties has been profoundly radicalized. In a two-party system, that's a serious challenge for democracy.

Social Engineering Medicare

Gary Liberson, PhD | Posted 07.23.2011 | Politics
Gary Liberson, PhD

Medicare vouchers offer the possibility of transforming the insurance landscape. They can ignite market forces through insurance exchanges and can also be priced so retirees face an increasing financial burden.

Jason Linkins

Anti-Ryan Town Hall Rage Suffers From A Hype Deficit | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.22.2011 | Politics

As noted earlier, House Republicans have lately had to contend with a taste of the town hall rage and bitterness that roiled throughout the summer of ...

Jason Linkins

GOP Reps Host Town Halls, Get Yelled At | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.21.2011 | Politics

During 2009's long summer of angry town halls, it was very common for Democrats touting the benefits of health care reform to constituents to be met w...

Show Me the Money -- Obama vs. Ryan

Linda Bergthold | Posted 06.13.2011 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

The president is making a major policy proposal this week, and the Republican proposal, "The Path to Prosperity," has now been released as well. The two approaches could not be more different.

A Deficit-Cutting Plan to End Medicare as We Know It

Mark Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Mark Miller

As Washington starts batting around the plans to slash the long-range national deficit, one stands out as an especially good acid test of just how far we're willing to go. That's the Ryan-Rivlin plan to end Medicare as we know it.

Nine Keys to Democratic Success in the Midterms

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

2010 does not have to be an electoral disaster for Democrats. Much depends on how candidates frame their efforts -- and how Progressives in general frame the political debate over the next three months.