The folks making economic policy in Washington are getting ever more resistant to evidence. As we approach the sixth anniversary of the downturn with no end in sight, the nation has been treated to the perverse spectacle of our Treasury Secretary celebrating the sharp drop in the deficit.
Because all Medicare prescription drug plans can change their coverage and costs each calendar year, the only way to ensure you're getting the best coverage at the lowest cost is to compare your Part D plan against the competition during Medicare's open enrollment period.
The federal government may have established Medicaid, but it gave the states the job of running it. Each state has its own individualized program, with different rules and regulations, making federal oversight difficult, if not impossible.
Obama now finds himself caught between a rock and a hard place, trying to deftly balance an appreciation for, and an acceptance of, his health care reform's flaws while maintaining an upbeat, optimistic and steadfast defense of its ultimate merits and value.
Instead of the Affordable Care Act becoming President Obama's Waterloo, the Kochs' war against it may turn out to be their Iraq. Who, after all, believes Bush actually intended to strengthen Iran and the Shia?
As more states look to revamp their Medicaid programs in the coming months, we urge them to balance the rising need to care for low-income people and aging adults with a long-term goal of controlling healthcare and other spending.
We who have been "the only one" know what it's like to know what it's like to engage with from people who did not grow up in a just society and are adapting to women, people of color and LBGT Americans in positions of leadership.
Perhaps more than any other disease, Alzheimer's demonstrates that spending on health would be a way to reduce future costs.
Why, as Congress trudged through their government shutdown and a countdown to default, did so many in Washington do their best to blur the lines of truth about what could help jump start our economy?
Democrats in the White House are confronted with a dilemma. On the one hand, the clock's ticking on their temporary budget deal with the Republicans. If it runs out and there's no new agreement, we run the risk of a default and the government could shut down again.
Paul Ryan has indicated that "entitlement reform" will be at the top of his agenda. Committee members should listen carefully to what he has to say and encourage him to provide more details than he has so far offered on how his proposed savings would be accomplished.
The problem is that the Democrats still seem to accept the Republicans' parameters for the budget debate. The implication is that current deficits are a serious problem.
Republicans may not have succeeded in defunding the nations' newest social insurance program, Obamacare, but they now are aiming at the foundational programs, Social Security and Medicare. And this time, they'll have the president on their side.
The Affordable Care Act has so far survived a shutdown crisis, a Supreme Court challenge, and two elections. This law is not fundamentally about Barack Obama but about much broader issues, which is another reason not to call it "Obamacare."
In twelve weeks or so our new system of government-by-crisis will resume its regularly scheduled programming: more threats, more confrontations, and even more extreme rhetoric. There are only a few ways this could play out.
While we know a goal for Republicans is to take over the Senate in the 2014 elections, and a goal for Democrats is to take back the House of Representatives, the president can rise above that for the next four months as we approach the next deadlines.