Monthly Archives: June 2011

Reducing Medicare Costs: Democrats vs Republicans

It is a difficult story to tell, but Democrats will have to distinguish the Affordable Healthcare Act’s Medicare spending reduction from the Republican House Plan to turn Medicare into a voucher program. Although I believe Pelosi’s phrase, “We have a … Continue reading

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Where does wisdom live?

David Brooks paints a simple picture of what he proposes as the core philosophical difference between Democrats and Republicans. The parties look in different places  for answers to policy questions.  Do you look to government, or do you look for … Continue reading

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Medicare — Short Takes

Medicare Part D and the Argument for Replacing Medicare with Vouchers for Purchasing Private Insurance It is an article of faith among Republicans that the private insurance market is key to driving down health care costs.  Medicare Part D which … Continue reading

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Tax Cuts and the Deficit

We need to keep reminding ourselves how we ended up with the deficit.  Coming soon to Congress will be arguments from Republicans for cutting taxes  and eliminating regulations in the name of getting the economy going again.

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