The Dividing Line Between the Presidential Candidates on Social Insurance Really Falls on Medicaid

By: Monday October 15, 2012 3:30 pm

Throughout the election campaign, when the two competitors talk about social insurance programs, they usually confine it to Social Security and Medicare, and really just Medicare. And it’s true that the Romney-Ryan plan for a voucher program instead of traditional Medicare would lead to higher premiums for most seniors.

But the planned growth rates for Medicare laid out by the Obama and Romney campaigns are actually the same: GDP + 0.5%. Both sides take different approaches to get there.

 

Medicaid Cuts Far Deeper in Republican Plans, and Those Hit Millions of Seniors Too

By: Thursday August 16, 2012 12:05 pm

You cannot really divorce the Romney-Ryan plan for Medicare with their plan for Medicaid. The simple reason for this is that Medicaid is the leading provider of long-term care for seniors. Six million seniors, in fact, get their nursing home care from Medicaid. Dual eligibles would lose the ability to access Medicaid benefits for this purpose if the program, as Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan favor, gets converted into a block grant.

Long-Term Health Care Still Adrift

By: Tuesday October 25, 2011 12:45 pm

It’s sad that it took the demise of the CLASS Act for the media to take notice that the problem the measure was trying to solve, long-term care, is both serious and growing.

CLASSy: Advocates Not Told of CLASS Act Demise Until Minutes Before Announcement

By: Thursday October 20, 2011 3:30 pm

The Obama Administration did not notify Congressional supporters of the CLASS Act, a voluntary public long-term care insurance program passed with the Affordable Care Act, before pulling the plug on the idea. Advocates were left blindsided by the official announcement, though the Administration had recently released the chief actuary and shut down the offices doing the implementation of the program.

Obama Administration Cuts Long-Term Health Care from ACA

By: Friday October 14, 2011 2:00 pm

The Obama Administration announced that they will not implement the CLASS Act, a voluntary long-term care insurance program that was a key priority of the late Ted Kennedy, and which was instituted as part of the Affordable Care Act.

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