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Partisan Politics Torpedos Long-Overdue 'Medicare Doc Fix'

Bob Semro | Posted 05.27.2014 | Politics
Bob Semro

Once again, we see how party politics and midterm election strategies threaten solutions to long-standing problems that directly impact Americans.

Why Seniors Should Say 'No' to Paying for the Medicare Doctor-Fix

Rosemary Gibson | Posted 11.19.2013 | Politics
Rosemary Gibson

The mantra in the health care industry has become "bill, baby, bill"-- taking a page from the oil industry's chant, "drill, baby, drill."

Luke Johnson

Congress Nears Deal On Payroll Tax Cut, Unemployment Extension | Luke Johnson | Posted 02.14.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congress was close to a deal to extend a popular payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits, according to several reports. The pending...

Inside The Payroll Tax Cut Bill

AP | By The Associated Press | Posted 12.23.2011 | Politics

-- Key features of payroll tax and jobless benefits bill passed Friday by the House and Senate: _Retains through Feb. 29 the current 4.2 percent rat...

Congressional Stalemate Frustrates Americans

AP | TAMMY WEBBER | Posted 02.21.2012 | Politics

CHICAGO — As Americans watch yet another political drama play out on Capitol Hill – this time over whether to extend the payroll tax cut a...


The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 12.21.2011 | Politics

The Wall Street Journal editorial page attacked congressional Republicans Wednesday for possibly losing the payroll tax cut standoff to President Bara...

Obama, GOP Face Off Over Expiring Provisions

AP | BEN FELLER | Posted 02.20.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Careening toward a politically toxic tax hike, President Barack Obama implored House Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday to get behin...

House, Senate Bills Have Major Differences

AP | By The Associated Press | Posted 12.20.2011 | Politics

-- Highlights of legislation renewing payroll tax cuts, jobless benefits approved by the House and Senate: House bill, approved last Tuesday:...

Medicare Braces For Draconian Cut

AP | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR | Posted 02.19.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Nearly 650,000 doctors caring for millions of seniors will get a steep cut in Medicare payments Jan. 18 unless a gridlocked Congres...

Congress Moves Towards Standoff Over Expiring Provisions

AP | By DAVID ESPO and ALAN FRAM | Posted 12.20.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Partisan to the core, Congress careened toward a holiday-season standoff Monday on legislation to prevent a Social Security payroll tax ...

Michael McAuliff

Payroll Tax Cut Extension: Leaders Near Deal | Michael McAuliff | Posted 12.15.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congressional leaders cut a deal to keep the government funded Thursday night, but extending a payroll tax cut and other items that expi...

Obama Sounds Warning On House GOP Bill

AP | ALAN FRAM | Posted 02.12.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The White House promised a veto Tuesday for a Republican bill renewing a payroll tax cut next year for 160 million workers, complai...

Clock Ticking For Congress To Avoid Draconian Cuts

AP | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR | Posted 01.28.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Politicians of both parties outdo each other vying for the approval of seniors, but their inability to compromise on the federal bu...

Congress Faces Decisions To Extend Key Programs As Clock Ticks

AP | ALAN FRAM | Posted 01.22.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Congress' failed deficit-cutting supercommittee has faded away, but the pressure on lawmakers to quickly confront a stack of expens...

Arthur Delaney

Super Committee's Failure Leaves Orphans Behind | Arthur Delaney | Posted 11.21.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Throughout the super committee's deliberations, impending "automatic, across-the-board cuts" were routinely cited as a driving motivatio...

Arthur Delaney

Jobs Bill: No Guarantee Congress Will Pass Must-Pass Legislation This Week | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Doctors are sending white lab coats to Washington to protest a 21-percent cut in Medicare reimbursement rates taking effect due to Congress's ongoing ...

Arthur Delaney

Democrats Retreat From Class Warfare | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

On one side: teachers, doctors and their patients, the jobless, disaster victims, the troops. On the other: private equity firms, hedge funds, ventu...

Jason Linkins

'Doc Fix' Memo Of Unknown Origin Circulates, Trips Up Politico | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

HuffPost's Ryan Grim and TPM's Christina Bellantoni both report that Democratic aides are claiming that a memorandum suggesting that Democrats have p...