Tag Archives: Medicare

The Flat Earth

Artist – Nick Anderson In other news, Medicare is reportedly paying twice as much for penis pumps has non-Medicare providers as mandated by Congress. It’s funny that we don’t hear much about the cost of penis pumps and boner pills … Continue reading
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Moment of Derp

After Fox Business host Stuart Varney claimed that many elder patients would no longer be able to see the same doctors because they’ve been dropped by United Heathcare’s Medicare Advantage program, Fox & Friends host and person hired to make … Continue reading
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Here’s a Great Idea

Actually, no, this is a terrible idea courtesy of Representative John Kline (R-MN). “I think the real answer to the debt limit is to get some agreement from Senate Democrats and more specifically the White House that you’ve got to … Continue reading
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Obamacare is Working

From the White House blog. Today, the Medicare Trustees reported some good news for seniors and taxpayers: The Medicare program will be solvent through 2026, nearly a decade longer than projected at the time of passage of the Affordable Care … Continue reading
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Government Moochers

Surprise — according to the New York Times, immigrants have paid more into Medicare than they’ve received in return while the naturalized population is running a deficit. The study, led by researchers at Harvard Medical School, measured immigrants’ contributions to … Continue reading
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Seniors Have Saved $6 Billion On Drugs. And House Republicans Just Voted to Take it Back.

A press release from the Department of Health and Human Services published this morning states that seniors have saved roughly $6 billion on prescription drugs following the closure of the infamous donut hole. As the third anniversary of the Affordable … Continue reading
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Medicare in Paul Ryan’s Path to Poverty

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has analyzed Paul Ryan’s latest budget proposal and has found that, with regards to Medicare, it more or less mirrors his previous budgets while retaining cuts initiated by sequestration and the cuts to … Continue reading
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Obamacare is Working

Projections for Medicare spending between 2011 and 2020 have fallen by $500 billion. From the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities: CBO has reduced its projections of Medicare spending in response to a pattern of very low spending growth in … Continue reading
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Social Security Can Pay Full Benefits Through 2033

And that’s if Congress and the White House does nothing to improve its longevity. This according to the CBPP and its response to an alarmist New York Times article. Every four years, an independent panel of distinguished economists, demographers, and … Continue reading

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The Next Liberal Freak-Out

Dean Baker in the Guardian: Given his track record, there is little doubt that President Obama can be trusted to make further concessions, possibly involving social security and Medicare, in negotiations on the debt ceiling. Oh well, at least we … Continue reading

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Another Reason Why Raising the Medicare Eligibility Age Will Suck

Hundreds of thousands of seniors would lose their healthcare. Obviously. Greg Sargent: The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office recently concluded that a rise in the eligibility age could mean as many as 270,000 seniors are left uninsured in 2021. But that’s … Continue reading

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Killing Medicare By Pretending to Save It

My Wednesday column: Here’s precisely why raising the Medicare eligibility age appears to be the only solution to keeping the program solvent: the Republican Party, which hates Medicare and always has, and the compliant DC news media, which self-consciously dittos … Continue reading

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They Really, Really Hate Medicare and Social Security

Tom Coburn repeated the newly minted GOP line about rolling back the Bush tax cuts — but only if it’s accompanied by “significant entitlement reform”: “Will I accept a tax increase as a part of a deal to actually solve … Continue reading

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They Aren’t Serious

Joe Conason at The National Memo gets it. Consider their treatment of Medicare, the popular social insurance program for seniors that Republicans have always despised. They have just emerged from a long national campaign in which they repeatedly and falsely … Continue reading

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Obamacare is Working

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced today that Medicare recipients have saved over $5 billion on prescription drugs, and that’s not all. The Obama administration announced Monday that the healthcare law has saved people on Medicare $5.1 billion … Continue reading

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Kaiser: Vouchercare Means Higher Premiums

The Kaiser Family Foundation took a veiled swipe at the Romney campaign today behind the cloak of a disclaimer, concluding that 60 percent of Medicare recipients would see higher premiums under a privatized system. A system similar to the one … Continue reading

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Another Massive Medicare Fraud Bust for the Obama Administration

This isn’t the largest Medicare fraud bust of the Obama administration at $429 million (the largest was $450 million) but it is a significant amount of money. via AP WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal strike force has charged 91 people, … Continue reading

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The 3 A.M. Phone Call

Artist – Kirk Walters Watch Paul Ryan get booed repeatedly at the AARP. You have to admit it was smart of the Romney campaign to send Paul Ryan to the AARP as a human sacrifice rather than Romney himself.

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Paul Ryan Slams His Own Medicare Plan

In Ohio yesterday: “The president, I’m told, is talking about Medicare today,” Ryan said. “We want this debate.” Ryan went on to say that “what I don’t think he’ll be telling people is that the president took $716 billion from … Continue reading

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Romney to Cut PBS Funding While Ryan and GOP Protect Big Oil

My Thursday column seeks the spirit of Mr. Fred Rogers to set Mitt Romney straight about PBS and corporate welfare. It wouldn’t be a presidential election year if the Republican nominee didn’t threaten to cut funding to several “liberal” institutions … Continue reading

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