How About Lowering Medicare’s Retirement Age?

By: Thursday November 29, 2012 8:49 am

Even though raising the Medicare retirement age is both deeply unpopular with voters and a terrible policy that saves the federal government only a modest amount of money, it is still treated by the Washington media as an idea to be seriously considered. During what little TV news I’ve watched in the past week, I [...]

It Doesn’t Need to be this Bad

By: Wednesday June 8, 2011 1:06 pm

The country is suffering from high unemployment, underwater mortgages, and rapidly escalating tuition prices. Most regular people lucky enough to have a job are seeing shrinking benefits from health care to retirement packages
I would love to have a major political party or even a major politician simple tell the American people they actually don’t need to keep suffer.

To Reduce Deficit, Government Can Destroy Medicare – or Expand It

By: Tuesday April 5, 2011 5:05 pm

There are two very simple, straight forward things you can do with Medicare if you want to make a big reduction in the deficit: you can either destroy Medicare, or vastly expand it. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) has stepped forward for the Republican Party to endorse the “destroy Medicare” solution as the best way to [...]

Health Care Reform: Eight Alternatives to this Individual Mandate

By: Tuesday December 14, 2010 2:13 pm

Now that federal judge Henry Hudson has just struck down the individual mandate in the new health care law, the case will likely end up before the Supreme Court. While I suspect, in the end, the constitutionality of the individual mandate provision will be upheld, this individual mandate is not critical. There are many alternative [...]

Health Care Reform Reminder: Dems Could Still Pass Public Option Through Reconciliation

By: Tuesday December 7, 2010 5:45 am

When health care reform was passed, we were told by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) it was only a “starter home” that would be improved later. We were also offered vague promises from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) that we would get a vote on a public option in the months [...]

Viva Las Vegas: Clinton Thanks AHIP Lobby for Work on Health-Care Reform

By: Friday June 11, 2010 8:29 am

Bill Clinton came to praise the health insurance industry, not criticize it, as the keynote speaker at its Las Vegas convention.

Health Care Reform: Where Do We Go from Here?

By: Monday March 22, 2010 10:01 am

Now that this bill will become law the important question is where do we go from here on health care reform? I have said before that I think this bill is deeply flawed and, most importantly, does not provide an clear pathway to eventually getting real reform. But now that this bill is the new [...]

Signed, Sealed, but Not Delivered: Six Big Flaws Need Fixing to Make New Law Meaningful Health Care Reform

By: Monday March 22, 2010 5:30 am

This health care reform bill passed late last night and soon to be signed into law is a seriously flawed piece of legislation, for it fails to achieve the goals of real health care reform. Now that it is essentially the law of the land, the country needs to work diligently at the federal and [...]

Health Care Reconciliation: Increases In Affordability Tax Credits Only Temporary

By: Thursday March 18, 2010 10:39 am

One of the Democratic leadership’s talking points for the reconciliation bill is that it increases affordability tax credits for people on the exchange. What they aren’t saying is that the increase in subsidies in the Senate bill is only temporary. From the CBO: An important component of the longer-term analysis is that, beginning in 2019, [...]

Tom Harkin: Senate Democrats Will Use Reconciliation, But House Must First Pass Our Bill Unchanged

By: Wednesday March 3, 2010 1:20 pm

Politico is reporting that Tom Harkin (D-IA) said Senate Democrats have decided to use reconciliation to finish health care reform, but there is a big caveat for House Democrats. Sen. Tom Harkin told POLITICO that Senate Democratic leaders have decided to go the reconciliation route. The House, he said, will first pass the Senate bill [...]