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Medicare Spending

Unlikely Prescription for Medicare's Fiscal Woes

J.D. Kleinke | Posted 04.16.2013 | Politics
J.D. Kleinke

This is exactly how it works with many of the hundreds of mini-IPABs operating today across the health insurance industry, in secret. No drug reps, no boondoggles, no contact with industry. Huh?

Amid Budget Battle, A Surprising Finding On Medicare Costs

Jeffrey Young | Posted 03.12.2013 | Business
Jeffrey Young

We hear a lot about how Medicare spending is out of control and will bankrupt the federal government if left unchecked. Against that backdrop, a report issued by the Department of Health and Human Services today includes findings that might surprise some people.

Obama Medicare Reform May Turn Into Wider Health Debate

Reuters | Posted 03.08.2013 | Politics

* Heathcare costs may provide Medicare debate common ground * Experts see scope for new competition in Medicare, tax changes ...

Happy Days Here Again?

Jim Jaffe | Posted 02.12.2013 | Politics
Jim Jaffe

Don't be fooled by the overheated rhetoric from our political leaders or, more predictably, the media; we're back to business as usual in Washington. And we can thank those political outsiders who demanded we do things differently.

Deficit Obsession Is a Creation of the Ultra Right's Message Machine

Frances Causey | Posted 02.03.2013 | Politics
Frances Causey

Working Americans are paying the price as the parameters of the current debate around the deficit, budget and the so-called fiscal cliff are being defined by the likes of Goldman Sachs. There can be little doubt that working people are not represented in Washington.

Medicare Spending Spikes During Final Difficult Days

Posted 09.08.2012 | Politics

Nine of 10 Medicare patients die of chronic disease, and caring for them in their final six months of life absorbs one-third of all Medicare dollars. ...

Medicare Reaches Middle Age

Barbara J. Easterling | Posted 09.26.2012 | Politics
Barbara J. Easterling

Medicare -- along with Medicaid and Social Security -- has made life better for generations of retirees, but if the wrong candidates win this November, this could all become a thing of the past.

21st Century Tax Policy and Aging Populations

Michael Hodin | Posted 06.24.2012 | Fifty
Michael Hodin

If Boomers want to continue the proud national tradition of handing off a better America to each generation, then it's time to rethink what it means to age.

New Report Calms Jittery White House Ahead Of 2012

AP | By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR | Posted 01.10.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Is health-care relief finally in sight? Health spending stabilized as a share of the nation's economy in 2010 after two back-to-back ye...

The Defining Issue: Not Government's Size, But Who It's For

Robert Reich | Posted 02.18.2012 | Politics
Robert Reich

"Big government" isn't the problem. The problem is big money is taking over government.

Obama Offers Social Security Cuts In Debt Negotiations

The Washington Post | Lori Montgomery | Posted 09.05.2011 | Politics

President Obama is pressing congressional leaders to consider a far-reaching debt-reduction plan that would force Democrats to accept major changes to...

Is Medicare Just Bad at Controlling Cost?

Brian Reid | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brian Reid

A 2009 article offered a tantalizing prospect for policymakers: figure out how to make the country's high-cost McAllens look more like El Pasos and save billions, ensure the solvency of Medicare and reduce the economic drag of health care spending

House Health Care Bill Reportedly Would Sharply Reduce Benefits For Senior Citizens

The Washington Post | Lori Montgomery | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A plan to slash more than $500 billion from future Medicare spending -- one of the biggest sources of funding for President Obama's proposed overhaul ...

Senate Votes To Cut Medicare Home Health Care Spending

AP | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Casting health care overhaul as a legacy for the American people and failure as politically unthinkable, President Barack Obama on ...

Republicans Fight Plans To Cut Medicare Spending

Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

After years of trying to cut Medicare spending, Republican lawmakers have emerged as champions of the program, accusing Democrats of trying to steal f...