Ryan and Obama Plans Share Unworkable Gimmick for Capping Health Care Inflation

By: Thursday April 7, 2011 5:45 pm

Not only is Republican Paul Ryan’s Medicare privatization plan using basically the same general premium-supported exchange design that Obama’s health care revision does for the uninsured under 65, but both Ryan’s budget and “Obamacare” are nearly totally reliant on almost the same pathetic accounting trick of using poorly indexed caps on federal health care spending [...]

Catfood Commission’s Social Security “Expert” Alice Rivlin Makes A Huge Blunder

By: Tuesday July 27, 2010 6:28 am

Alice Rivlin’s latest opinion piece on Social Security, “The Right Reason for Saving Social Security,” makes the case for why she and the other members of the Catfood Commission are the wrong people for the job. First, from whom does Social Security need “saving,” other than from her and other self-proclaimed deficit hawks?    Rivlin acknowledges [...]

Alice Rivlin Wants to Cut Social Security So John Boehner Can Spend It On Wars

By: Tuesday June 29, 2010 11:31 am

Alice Rivlin is the chief wonk appointed by President Obama to the debt commission, and has long supported cutting Social Security benefits as a way to address the country’s financial woes. Alex Lawson caught up with Rivlin and asked her about her plans right after his famous interview with Alan Simpson when the commission met [...]