According to a report, Gene Sperling, a senior White House economics adviser, offered to cut social insurance programs as a solution to the sequester budget cuts. Yesterday.
|By: TomThumb Monday March 4, 2013 8:43 am|
|By: Norman Solomon Wednesday February 27, 2013 6:10 pm|
For the social compact of the United States, most of the Congressional Progressive Caucus has gone missing.
While still on the caucus roster, three-quarters of the 70-member caucus seem lost in political smog. Those 54 members of the Progressive Caucus haven’t signed the current letter that makes a vital commitment: “we will vote against any and every cut to Medicare, Medicaid, or Social Security benefits — including raising the retirement age or cutting the cost of living adjustments that our constituents earned and need.”
|By: Jon Walker Thursday February 21, 2013 9:57 am|
Something remarkable happened yesterday. Florida Governor Rick Scott (R) decided to endorse using the Affordable Care Act to expand Medicaid in his state. Though he did this only after getting the administration to provide a major concession regarding how the program would be run.
|By: Jon Walker Friday February 1, 2013 1:14 pm|
The one upside to the Supreme Court making the Medicaid expansion in the Affordable Care Act optional is that it has stopped the Obama administration from trying to cut it. Senior economic adviser Gene Sperling confirmed that the administration sees taking Medicaid completely of the table as necessary to make Obamacare function.
|By: ThirdandState Tuesday January 29, 2013 3:32 pm|
There is growing bipartisan agreement that the optional expansion of Medicaid provided by the Affordable Care Act is too good an opportunity to pass up.
|By: Norman Solomon Wednesday January 9, 2013 5:43 am|
As the largest caucus of Democrats on Capitol Hill, the Progressive Caucus has heavyweight size but flyweight punch.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday January 8, 2013 12:05 pm|
Idaho will not expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act at this time. In his state of the state address Governor C. L. “Butch” Otter said that he will not seek an expansion this year.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday December 12, 2012 5:51 am|
The Supreme Court’s decision to make the Medicaid expansion optional may have indirectly protected the program from cuts during the current fiscal cliff negotiations.
Last year the Obama administration supported the idea of reducing federal Medicaid spending by using a “blended rates” formula, but now the idea is off the table. The HHS firmly came out against the idea Monday in a Frequently Asked Question document about the Affordable Care Act.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday December 11, 2012 9:05 am|
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that states will not be eligible for funding for the Medicaid expansion unless they expand it all the way to 133% of poverty as envisioned by the law.
|By: Lisa Derrick Monday December 10, 2012 3:43 pm|
Math is hard, but basically, by cutting $73 million to Planned Parenthood, Texas will now have to spend an additional $200 million underwriting the cost of caring for almost 24,000 unplanned babies. And then there’s the cost of medications for sexually transmitted diseases–Texas has the highest rate of uninsured Americans in the United States (and a woefully weak Medicaid system facing a shortfall), so really what will happen then? Will Texas celebrate the arrival The Great Satan in the form of Obamacare?