When it comes to properly judging a major piece of legislation such as the Affordable Care Act, it is important not just to examine what the law does, but also what else the law allows Congress and the President to do as a result. In this case, the passage of the ACA has made President Obama open to the idea of raising the Medicare eligibility age as part of a deficit deal. If Obama agrees to this it will very likely mean that the net effect of the passage of Obamacare will make you and most Americans personally worse off.
|By: Jon Walker Monday December 10, 2012 4:20 pm|
|By: Jon Walker Thursday December 6, 2012 1:07 pm|
There is probably no single policy being seriously discussed right now that is more idiotic than raising the Medicare retirement age. Not only would this benefit cut produce only modest savings for the federal government, but it would also do it in the most inefficient way possible. It would save the government money but by causing an ever greater increase in private spending on health care.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday November 29, 2012 10:13 am|
Even though raising the Medicare retirement age is both deeply unpopular with voters and a terrible policy that saves the federal government only a modest amount of money, it is still treated by the Washington media as an idea to be seriously considered. During what little TV news I’ve watched in the past week, I have seen multiple elected Democrats asked about it. If we are going to be discussing changing Medicare eligibility age to reduce the deficit what we should be talking about is lowering it.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday November 28, 2012 8:19 am|
By greater than a two-to-one margin, voters overwhelmingly oppose increasing the Medicare retirement age from 65 to 67, according to a new Washington Post poll. The poll found 67 percent of registered voters oppose raising the Medicare retirement age while just 30 percent of voters support the idea. On the other hand, 60 percent of voters support raising taxes on the rich.
|By: Jon Walker Friday September 9, 2011 1:00 pm|
The threat to Medicare is very real and pressing. Over the past several months more and more political forces in Washington have being slowly lining up behind a campaign to raise the Medicare eligibility age.
This most recent effort really got started when Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Tom Coburn (R-OK) put forward a bill to raise the Medicare retirement age in late May.