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Romney Promise Has Unintended Consequence

AP | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR | Posted 10.16.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's new promise to restore the Medicare cuts made by President Barack Obama's health care overhaul ...

Sam Stein

Flashback: Obama In 2008 Attacked McCain For Taking $800 Billion Out Of Medicare

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 08.14.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In the wake of Mitt Romney's choice of Paul Ryan as his vice presidential nominee, the politics of Medicare have become almost as compli...

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.

Romney Distances Himself from Ryan Budget but Who Buys It?

Brittney Bullock | Posted 10.13.2012 | Politics
Brittney Bullock

No matter how far left some centrist voters perceive Barack Obama to be, the far right ticket that Romney is now offering is not their desired solution.

Marking a Milestone, Protecting a Legacy

Rep. Ann McLane Kuster | Posted 09.29.2012 | Politics
Rep. Ann McLane Kuster

Today marks the 47th anniversary of the creation of Medicare. It's a remarkable record that speaks to the decency and compassion of our country. Yet on this anniversary, we can't afford to merely honor that legacy. We have to protect it.

Seniors Are Asking... What's Next for Medicare?

Linda Bergthold | Posted 09.10.2012 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

Now that the Supreme Court has declared the Affordable Care Act to be constitutional, what is the impact going to be on Medicare? The short answer? Not much.

AARP Changes Course After Pressure

Firedoglake | Posted 06.08.2012 | Politics

After pressure from activists from Firedoglake, the National Organization for Women, CREDO Action and Social Security Works, the AARP has listened to ...

Michael McAuliff

Inventor Of Paul Ryan's Medicare Idea Explains Why It's Wrong

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Michael McAuliff

Paul Ryan's Vision For Medicare Will Win, Dem Says

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Paul Ryan Fundraises Off Obama 'Trojan Horse' Slam

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 04.03.2012 | Politics

Saying that President Barack Obama "isn’t interested in governing," House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan sent an email blast to supporters Tues...

Is New Jersey Governor Chris Christie the One Being Groomed for 2016?

Michelle Kraus | Posted 05.25.2012 | Politics
Michelle Kraus

Hmm, if the GOP intelligentsia keeps ruminating on Christie we may see more of this new, improved, thoughtful Chris Christie making the rounds before 2016.

Republicans to America: Death to Medicare

Ethan Rome | Posted 05.15.2012 | Politics
Ethan Rome

When the Republicans release their budget next week, they'll likely say they have a "new" Medicare proposal that will "save" Medicare instead of eliminate it. That's not true. The Republicans still plan to end Medicare as we know it. But they'll do so with the support of Democratic Senator Ron Wyden.

Romney Goes Severely Conservative on Medicare

Ethan Rome | Posted 04.25.2012 | Politics
Ethan Rome

Romney wants to raise Medicare eligibility age by one month per year and eventually tie the age to life expectancy. It's just plain wrong to make people wait. It will cause people to go without care and cost businesses more money.

Congress Gearing Up For Big Fight

Posted 01.16.2012 | Politics

By ANDREW TAYLOR, ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON -- Republicans would cut federal employee benefits. President Barack Obama would raise fees for airli...

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...

Jason Linkins

Ryan-Wyden Medicare Plan: Great Political Trap, Dubious Policy

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 12.15.2011 | Politics

Anyone who thought that the 2012 election battle over health care would be a simple matter between President Barack Obama and a candidate who wants to...

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 ...

Republicans Find Way Around Raising Taxes

AP | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR | Posted 02.12.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Republicans may have found a way to squeeze more money out of well-to-do Americans without raising their taxes. A year-end economi...

Guns or Butter? Decisions After the Failure of the Super Committee

Abdulrahman El-Sayed | Posted 02.08.2012 | Politics
Abdulrahman El-Sayed

We face, today, our own hard and inescapable facts that call into question what the most important pursuits of America's responsibility and purpose at home and abroad really are. Guns to kill people in other countries or butter to save people in our own?

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...

Amid Failure, Lawmakers Scramble To Avoid Super Committee Triggers

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 01.21.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Don't look for the Pentagon to shut down one side of its famous five-sided building. Don't expect the Education Department to pull ...

Deficit-Cutting Committee Reaches Deadline

AP | DAVID ESPO | Posted 01.21.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Congress' supercommittee conceded ignominious defeat Monday in its quest to conquer a government debt that stands at a staggering $...

Sam Stein

Obama-Allied Group Launches Supercommittee Ad Campaign Targeting GOPers

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 11.16.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a reflection of how close the supercommittee is getting to its do or die moment, a Democratic-allied group is launching a series of t...

Deficit-Cutting Committee Deadlocked As Clock Ticks

AP | DAVID ESPO | Posted 01.10.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — With Congress' supercommittee stymied, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned Thursday of a "paper tiger" Pentagon if the panel fail...

E Pluribus Unum or Social Darwinism?

Madeleine M. Kunin | Posted 12.26.2011 | Politics
Madeleine M. Kunin

In Washington, the translation of E Pluribus Unum has been lost. The belief that we are one nation -- united in purpose -- caring about and for one another is no longer the practice.