How Paul Ryan’s Budget Proves the Federal Debt isn’t a Priority for Republicans

By: Tuesday April 1, 2014 1:20 pm

The CBO is diplomatically saying that their analysis of the Ryan budget is nonsense because he asked for a fake score

Budget Deal Set to Clear Senate

By: Tuesday December 17, 2013 7:30 am

There is not much positive to say about this budget deal except for that fact that it helps temporarily kill the push for a grand bargain.

Paul Ryan’s “Warning” About Medicaid Is Actually a Threat

By: Tuesday April 23, 2013 7:34 am

Now that Republicans have failed to repeal the Affordable Care Act in the short term many are still working to make the implementation even more problematic. One of the latest efforts comes from Paul Ryan (R-WI) “warning governors” that they shouldn’t count on generous matching funds for Medicaid expansion. From Chicago Tribune: The chairman of [...]

Republican Party’s Embrace of Privatizing Medicare via Vouchers Is Now Complete

By: Wednesday August 22, 2012 8:55 am

It has been a long road, but the Republican Party’s embrace of the idea of privatizing Medicare via a voucher system is now complete. The GOP will add Paul Ryan’s plan to turn Medicare into a voucher program to their official party platform, based on a draft version likely to be ratified. From Bloomberg: “While [...]

Americans Oppose Voucherizing Medicare But Don’t Know It Is Paul Ryan’s Plan

By: Tuesday August 21, 2012 1:58 pm

Yet another poll shows that the general idea of voucherizing Medicare is very unpopular with voters. According to the most recent Pew Research poll only 34 percent of adults favor the idea of turning Medicare into a system were people get credits to buy private insurance, while 49 percent oppose the idea. From Pew: The [...]

Peter Orszag Questions Private Health Insurance Competition. So Where Was He During the ACA Debate?

By: Monday August 20, 2012 11:48 am

About the the only satisfaction I get out of Rep. Paul Ryan’s horrible plan to voucherize Medicare is the truly ironic effect it has on the top supporters of the Affordable Care Act. For much of 2009-2010 they kept saying how vouchers to buy private health insurance on an exchange was a great idea for [...]

Even A Majority of Republicans Don’t Want Medicare Turned into a Voucher Program

By: Thursday August 16, 2012 10:04 am

Turning Medicare into a voucher program or a “premium support” program, as Rep. Paul Ryan would describe his plan for Medicare, is highly unpopular with basically all segments of the American people, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation poll. The poll found 58 percent want to keep Medicare as is, including 55 percent of Republicans. [...]

Biden Promises No Changes to Social Security

By: Wednesday August 15, 2012 10:17 am

With the Presidential campaign in full swing and the Democrats already running on how the Romney-Ryan ticket wants to destroy Medicare, Vice President Joe Biden is trying to frame Democrats as the savior of entitlements. At an event in Virginia Biden promised absolutely no changes to Social Security will be made if President Obama is [...]

Doing My Taxes Like Paul Ryan Does his “Budget”

By: Tuesday April 10, 2012 9:03 am

While doing my taxes I came to a realization. How would the IRS react if I did my returns the same way Paul Ryan did his “budget,” allowing me to be completely vague and lacking in almost any actual numbers or details where it mattered? So I quickly mocked up what my 1040 would look [...]

The Newest Ezra Klein Flip Flop: Paul Ryan and Single Payer

By: Thursday March 22, 2012 10:54 am

I love a good provocative title as much as the next writer but it has to at least make some sense, which really doesn’t seem to be the case with Ezra Klein’s new article ‘Ryan May Lead to Single-Payer Health Care.’ As best as I can make sense of the rather strange logic leaps, Klein [...]

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