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 Pays for the Majority of Elderly in Nursing Homes

By: Wednesday May 11, 2011 11:45 am

Republicans may cling to this belief that they still want to muck around with Medicare, but it’s not going to happen. For one, their partners in an entire house of Congress don’t want to touch the thing. I suppose they can give means testing a shot, but privatization isn’t happening.

So for any big changes in the safety net, there’s Medicaid. . . .

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