Category Archives: Health Care Reform

Romney Backs Away from Health Care Reform

“Well, we do provide care for people who don’t have insurance,” he said in an interview with Scott Pelley of CBS’s “60 Minutes” that aired Sunday night. “If someone has a heart attack, they don’t sit in their apartment and … Continue reading

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Romney’s Dance Around Ryan’s Medicare Plan

Medicare has entered the election campaign is not likely to leave the political arena UNLESS Republicans find a way to sideline the issue.  If Republicans accomplish this by replacing Medicare talk with debate over  the difference between “legitimate rape” and … Continue reading

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Medicare Debate: Arguing About Consequences of Spending Reductions

I have noted in previous blogs both Democrats and Republicans are proposing spending less on Medicare. By enacting the Accountable Care Act (the health care reform bill) Democrats passed and President Obama signed into law large reductions in Medicare spending. … Continue reading

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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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Insurance Vouchers and Changing Incentives

There is a telling exchange on Representative Ryan’s privatization of Medicare on Bloggingheads between Glenn Loury of Brown University and Mark Schmitt of the Roosevelt Institute. This Bloggingheads took place nearly two weeks ago and much discussion has ensured since … Continue reading

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Republican Plan for Medicare

The plan, projected by Republicans to save trillions of dollars, would according the Congressional Budget Office eliminate $5.8 trillion dollars of Medicare spending through 2021.   How is this done? I shall quote James Kwak  a contributor to the Baseline Scenario: … Continue reading

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Health Insurance Costs Rising in New Hampshire

Health premiums are increasing dramatically in New Hampshire and according to Republicans in the State Senate during the debate over SB 148 the cause of the increase in premiums is the federal health care reform bill.  Are we surprised? “The … Continue reading

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Poll: Opposition to Health Care Reform Eases – CBS News

P0lling data from around mid-January 2011 from CBS (AP–GfK Poll) contrasts sharply with the University of New Hampshire Survey Center Poll released on February 10.  The most striking difference is the response to the question, Should the reform be repealed.  … Continue reading

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