Medicare Articles

A Dishonest Disincentive

11:11 AM, Dec 10, 2012

One problem with the unearned income Medicare contribution tax is the name Congress chose for it, which is a triple misnomer. The income that will be subject to the tax isn’t unearned -- it is earned by savers who receive market rewards for delaying consumption and providing funds to finance business investment.

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The Sebelius Coverup

Obamacare’s insurance exchanges need scrutiny.
Dec 10, 2012

Many states are wisely signaling that they aren’t interested in doing the Obama administration’s bidding on Obamacare. As a result, many if not most of Obamacare’s insurance exchanges — the heart of the beast — will have to be set up and run by the Obama administration at the federal level.

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Advice to the GOP: Fold

12:14 PM, Nov 16, 2012

First off, it’s not a “fiscal cliff.” What we’re slated to hit as of New Year’s Day, as the Wall Street Journal notes, is a tax cliff. Our fiscal cliff, which drops off into a far deeper canyon, is what looms because of our $16,000,000,000,000 debt and the runaway entitlement spending that fuels it — Medicare, Medicaid, (and now) Obamacare. In truth, the debt deal passed in the summer of 2011 — which the press now says we must scrap if we are to avoid the “fiscal cliff” — was designed to postpone our going over the (actual) fiscal cliff.

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Did Ryan Hurt Romney in Florida?

8:05 AM, Nov 09, 2012

At Real Clear Politics, Tom Bevan and Carl Cannon rightly note that “[Mitt] Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan cheered fiscal and social conservatives within the Republican Party and provided a much needed shot in the arm for Romney’s campaign.”

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Medicare Attacks ‘Never Really Took Hold’

8:33 PM, Nov 05, 2012

Politico writes that Nancy Pelosi’s “drive to regain the [House] majority for Democrats is on the verge of a complete collapse.”  It adds, “Democrats are expected to pick up five seats at best — a fraction of the 25 they need.  On the eve of the election, some party officials are privately worried that Democrats might even lose ground and drop one or two seats to the Republican majority.”  Why?  In large part because Obamacare continues to haunt the Democrats, while the Democrats’ Mediscare campaign has fallen flat.

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Obama’s Senior Swindle to Prompt Subpoena

3:26 PM, Oct 22, 2012

Several months ago, President Obama’s Health and Human Services (HHS) secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, initiated the Senior Swindle, an $8.35 billion ploy (far more than either presidential campaign will raise this year) to hide the effects of Obamacare’s Medicare Advantage cuts from seniors until after the election.

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Obama Promised Cuts, Entitlement Reform at 2008 Town Hall Debate

10:44 AM, Oct 16, 2012

In 2008, Barack Obama promised to cut federal spending, cut wasteful programs, reform Medicare and Social Security, and create "5 million new jobs" in a "new energy economy." At Buzzfeed, Andrew Kaczynski has four videos of Obama making those promises at the town hall debate in 2008. Here, for instance, is Obama talking about the need to reform entitlements in his first term:

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Is Government-Run Health Care Really More Affordable?

9:01 AM, Oct 09, 2012

During last Wednesday’s presidential debate, President Obama claimed that the private sector just can’t match the leanness and efficiency of the federal government. He was speaking specifically about privately covered health care versus government-run health care.

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How to Read PolitiFact’s Broken ‘Truth-O-Meter’

8:45 AM, Oct 05, 2012

After staring in some amazement at PolitiFact’s ostensibly unbiased rulings on the truthfulness of various statements made during Wednesday night’s presidential debate, I finally realized what the problem is: PolitiFact’s self-described Truth-O-Meter is clearly broken. Thankfully, however, it’s broken in a way that’s both predictable and fixable.  You see, if you simply turn the Truth-O-Meter two notches to the right for any claim made by a Republican, and two notches to the left for any claim made by a Democrat, its reading actually becomes surprisingly accurate.

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Romney Takes Medicare Fight to Obama

11:12 PM, Oct 03, 2012

“Can we stay on Medicare?” Mitt Romney asked debate moderator Jim Lehrer after several minutes of back and forth on the issue between himself and President Barack Obama. It was a characteristic moment in Romney’s strong performance in Denver, when the former governor of Massachusetts sensed an advantage on a topic and kept pushing. It was also an indication of how these days, Republicans talking about Medicare are playing on their home turf.

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Did Obama Mislead on Social Security Cuts?

12:48 PM, Sep 22, 2012

Yesterday, when speaking via video to the AARP, President Obama said, “But what I’m not going to do, as a matter of principle, is to slash benefits or privatize Social Security and suddenly turn it over to Wall Street.”

Yet last year, during the budget ceiling debate, President Obama said he'd be up for cutting Social Security.

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Ryan Speaks About Repealing Obamacare and Reforming Medicare to Seniors

4:39 PM, Sep 21, 2012

Addressing the audience at an AARP convention today, Paul Ryan declared, "The first step to a stronger Medicare is to repeal Obamacare." He explained to those in attendance how Obamacare would turn "Medicare into a piggy bank," while also putting "15 unelected bureaucrats in charge of Medicare’s future."  Ryan added, "The president doesn’t talk much about what Obamacare will really mean for seniors." Why? "People don’t like it."

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An Open Letter to Mitt Romney

2:15 PM, Sep 10, 2012

Dear Governor Romney,

I am sure you are being deluged with advice, but I hope mine is worth hearing.

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The Numbers Clinton Ignored

11:55 PM, Sep 05, 2012

In his speech Wednesday night, Bill Clinton said, "President Obama started with a much weaker economy than I did. No president—not me or any of my predecessors—could have repaired all the damage in just four years."

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What to Watch for in Charlotte

6:01 AM, Sep 03, 2012

At the official kickoff of his reelection campaign, President Obama offered a tacit (although unintended) admission of four years of failure, declaring, "We have to move forward, to the future we imagined in 2008. ... That’s why I’m running for a second term as president of the United States."  This peculiar yet revealing emphasis on the future, the past, and the imaginary neglects only two things:  the present and reality.  Lacking laudable achievements to tout in the present, Obama wants voters to focus on the future they imagined in the past.

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PolitiFact's Credulous Romney-Ryan Health Care Attacks

2:32 PM, Aug 27, 2012

Perhaps if we all ignore PolitiFact, they'll go away. But for the time being, the supposedly independent organization continues to crank out skewed and partisan work. There's no better example of this than the the current jihad the "fact checking" organization is waging against the Romney-Ryan health care plan.

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Out of Money

Aug 27, 2012

The end of Medicare and Medicaid as we know them—through reform, the Ryan way, or -bankruptcy, the Obama way. The direction of the country—via the Romney-Ryan right track, or the Obama-Biden wrong track. Those are the choices, made stark by the addition of Paul Ryan to the Republican ticket.

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Regret Obamacare Yet?

7:53 AM, Aug 23, 2012

Noemie Emery, writing in the Washington Examiner:

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More Mediscare

Aug 20, 2012

The oddly convenient academic study has long been a weapon in the Democratic party’s arsenal of election-season demagoguery. Do you need to say that conservative policies would sink the republic? Here’s a paper by scholars from a respected university, published in a respected journal, and released just as your campaign was turning to the issue in question, which happens to say just what you had in mind. It might all fall apart on closer inspection, but in the heat of a campaign it’s a perfect fit.

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In Florida, Ryan Goes All In on Medicare

With mom at his side, Ryan hits Obama’s Medicare rationing board, makes positive case for reform.
1:05 PM, Aug 18, 2012

The Villages, Fla.
“This is my mom Betty,” vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan said as he took the stage at a campaign rally with his 78-year-old mother in Florida’s largest retirement community. “She's why I'm here,” Ryan continued. “She and her grandkids are why I'm here.”

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Romney Camp Memo Takes on Obama on Medicare

10:24 AM, Aug 18, 2012

Lanhee Chen, the Romney campaign's policy director, is circulating this memo (below). The memo seems similar to what Yuval Levin and Jeffrey H. Anderson have written about Medicare, Obamacare, and the 2012 election. 

Here's Chen's memo: 

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A War Between the Generations

10:35 AM, Aug 17, 2012

“Old age puts more wrinkles in our minds than on our faces; and we never, or rarely see a soul that in growing old does not come to smell sour and musty. Man grows and dwindles in his entirety.”—Montaigne

Before the sun had set on Mitt Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan, the Obama campaign was out with ads talking of the “End Medicare as we know it.”

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Special Report Panel on Romney, Ryan, Medicare, and Joe Biden

6:37 AM, Aug 17, 2012

Steve Hayes, with Juan Williams and Charles Krauthammer, last night on Fox News:

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Obama’s Medicare Myths

7:55 PM, Aug 16, 2012

President Obama is creative. He’s given up on a palpable falsehood about the Romney-Ryan plan to reform Medicare. But he’s retained a few old canards and trotted out a new one.

The new charge? In his speech in Dubuque, Iowa, on Wednesday, he said: “My plan reduces the cost of Medicare by cracking down on fraud and waste and subsidies to insurance companies.”

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Senior Citizens Greet Paul Ryan: ‘Good Luck! Kick Ass!’

1:43 PM, Aug 16, 2012

Warren, Ohio
Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan stopped by the Original Hot Dog Shoppe here this afternoon to chat with voters and grab some lunch. The Wisconsin congressman and fitness nut chowed down on two hot dogs with onion, extra kraut and mustard, a side of small chili-cheese fries, and an unsweetened iced tea. The total bill came to $8.78, including a chili-cheese dog Ryan purchased for a reporter celebrating his twenty-seventh birthday.

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Ryan in Ohio: Your Payroll Taxes Should Go to Medicare and Social Security, Not Obamacare

11:00 PM, Aug 15, 2012

Oxford, Ohio
During a campaign event Wednesday night at Miami University of Ohio, vice presidential candidate and Miami U. alumnus Paul Ryan reminisced about the fond memories of his alma mater. "I spent a lot of formative years here," Ryan said. "I like my Skyline 5-way [chili], turkey gobblers, cheese fries, stickers.” He mentioned the time he got hurt at the local ice rink. “That’s why I have a cleft chin—14 stiches playing hockey here."

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Morning Jay: Democrats Vulnerable on Medicare

5:00 AM, Aug 15, 2012

The conventional wisdom on the state of the 2012 presidential race is that, thanks to his endorsement of the House GOP Budget and his selection of Paul Ryan to be his running mate, Mitt Romney has opened himself up to one of the Democrats' favorite attacks -- fear-mongering over Medicare, or "Mediscare."

This consensus is wrong; instead, the Democrats are much more vulnerable on this issue in 2012.

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Republicans Go on Medicare Offensive

11:00 PM, Aug 14, 2012

President Obama and the Democrats have been ambushed. They blindly walked into the political trap Republicans set for them on Medicare.

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On Medicare, Romney Campaign Looks for Lessons From Nevada

4:43 PM, Aug 14, 2012

Mitt Romney's latest campaign advertisement knocks President Obama for "[cutting] Medicare to pay for Obamacare." The Romney campaign appears to be addressing the Medicare criticisms that come with adding Paul Ryan to the ticket head-on. It's a strategy that's worked for Republicans before, specifically in Nevada's Second Congressional District special election last year.

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