Sweet Charity: The Truth Behind Hospitals’ Community Benefits Windfall

By: Tuesday June 17, 2014 6:28 pm

Every year Los Angeles’ Cedars-Sinai Medical Center releases a glossy brochure called Report to the Community. Among the doctor profiles and research-breakthrough stories are several dry metrics dealing with the number of beds, total patient and outpatient days and, perhaps most impressively, the year’s dollar value for something called “community benefit contributions.”

 

Misdirection: Rampell Views Entitlements Through the Generational War Lens

By: Saturday April 19, 2014 11:55 am

So, people who followed the SS and Medicare rules and made their payments over the years rightly view themselves as having paid for their entitlement benefits, regardless of whether their cumulative FICA payments fall short of or exceed the cumulative sum of those benefits. Why shouldn’t they, and why is Catherine Rampell implying that the deal implicit in our major entitlement programs is anything different?

Catherine Rampell Is Right: Medicare Is a Steal, but for Whom?

By: Friday April 11, 2014 6:35 am

Doctors in the United States earn more than twice as much on average as their counterparts in other wealthy countries. We also pay more than twice as much for our prescription drugs and for medical equipment. If one were to look for people stealing from Medicare, these and other health care providers would be the obvious candidates.

How Obama Helped the GOP Become the Party of Old People

By: Wednesday March 26, 2014 1:10 pm

For most of the past two decades the Grand Old Party didn’t actually get its support from older voters. Not very long ago the Democratic party had an advantage with senior citizens but that has disappeared since President Obama took office.

Come Saturday Morning: January Economics Results and Medicare for All

By: Saturday March 8, 2014 6:45 am

Imagine how much more money all Americans could have if programs like Medicare and Medicaid applied to everyone. Well, you don’t have to imagine it — just look at places like Canada and Germany and the UK and France, places that unlike the US still have thriving middle classes.

How to Restore the Good Name of Government

By: Friday February 21, 2014 5:40 pm

Why is it that Washington village “progressives,” and their associates in other parts of the country who are nevertheless part of the Washington village culture, often ask useful questions, but, almost always deliver, underwhelming answers?

What That Letter Should Have Said

By: Thursday February 20, 2014 3:55 pm

On Valentine’s Day, Senator Bernie Sanders sent a letter to the President, authored by himself and signed by 15 other Senators, all Democrats. The letter was a response to the rumors that the President intends to include his Chained CPI proposal to cut Social Security benefits in the budget he will soon send to Congress.

Dear Dr. Krugman: Please Let Me Explain

By: Saturday February 15, 2014 11:15 am

Paul Krugman can’t explain why the deficit issue has suddenly dropped off the agenda.

Pete Peterson’s Astroturf Group “The Can Kicks Back” Going Broke

By: Thursday February 13, 2014 1:15 pm

The fake “millennial” group funded by Wall Street called “The Can Kicks Back” which supports cutting Social Security and Medicare to solve the debt problems and bring “fiscal sanity” to the budget has gone bust.

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