The Dangers of Cutting Medicare and Medicaid

By: Wednesday September 21, 2011 4:40 pm

The President’s deficit reduction plan includes a non-trivial swath of Medicare and Medicaid cuts, including some cuts for public health and prevention, as well as means testing and higher co-pays for certain services.

We’re told that most of the cuts are to providers. In fact, the largest portion of cuts comes from a rebate by drug manufacturers, basically forcing the drug companies to charge lower prices for their sales to Medicare.


The “Blended Rate” – A Dangerous Proposal in the Debt Limit Deal to Cut Medicaid or Render It Ineffective

By: Wednesday July 6, 2011 5:40 pm

The most dangerous plans I’ve seen coming out of the debt limit talks are chained CPI and the Medicaid blended rate. I’ve written extensively about chained CPI, which would cause a Social Security benefit cut of hundreds of dollars a year for the average beneficiary. The way that can be most easily combated is by calling it what it is – a tax increase. Only $100 billion of the $300 billion projected savings in chained CPI comes from Social Security; the other $200 billion comes from the effect of slowing the cost of living adjustment in other programs, including… tax brackets.

DeFazio’s Objections Could Set Off Other Members

By: Friday March 19, 2010 11:35 am

I don’t take Peter DeFazio’s carping about the health care bill entirely seriously. But his substantive argument – that Democratic leaders took out a Medicare reimbursement measure that would have changed geographic disparities – could shift other members of the caucus: “Unless they put that back in, I can’t support it,” Defazio said, referring to [...]

Obama Writes to Congress, Cites GOP Proposals From Summit to Be Included in Health Care Bill

By: Tuesday March 2, 2010 12:45 pm

So basically, the President offers yet another set of olive branches to Republicans, which they will promptly throw on the ground and kick.

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