Poll Shows Highest Level of Public Disapproval for Vouchers Ever

By: Tuesday August 27, 2013 11:15 am

A new PDK/Gallup Poll reveals bad news for the corporate education reform movement to privatize public education. According to the poll, vouchers previously considered a useful wedge weapon against public schools are more unpopular than ever.

Is School Voucher Expansion in Wisconsin a Good Value for the Money?

By: Tuesday August 20, 2013 5:56 pm

Most children applying to the Wisconsin’s expanded school voucher program already attend private schools without the help of taxpayer dollars, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Wisconsin is spending $10.5 million over the next two years to expand school vouchers statewide.

Will Vouchers, Charters and Virtual Schools Turn Out the Friday Night Lights?

By: Sunday October 14, 2012 9:30 am

With a disgraceful and relentless disregard for America’s social fabric, Republicans around the country are doing what they can to destroy public education.

David Brooks Ignores All the Evidence on Drugs and Medicare

By: Tuesday October 9, 2012 8:15 am

While we may not know whether David Brooks’ try out as a Romney speechwriter was successful, he clearly is doing his best for the campaign. Today he pushes the idea that a voucher system is the only way to contain Medicare costs. This requires ignoring an awful lot of evidence, but that is an exercise at which David Brooks excels.

Ryan Gets the Band Back Together for His Plan to End Medicare

By: Wednesday September 28, 2011 2:30 pm

Paul Ryan is desperately trying to resuscitate his failed plan to end Medicare by offering it as the replacement element in the long-sought “repeal and replace” strategy for the Affordable Care Act.

Profiteering and Union-Busting Repackaged as School Reform

By: Thursday July 28, 2011 12:30 pm

The mission of Stand for Children sounds very good, until you dig deeper. Critics charge that Stand for Children started out on the right side of the issues, devoting itself to progressive issues such as class sizes, affordable children’s healthcare and adequate funding for schools. But then, things changed when they started taking the money, and lots of it— from wealthy interests who arguably care nothing about poor children of color in the inner cities, and care a great deal about a vision of privatization that extracts profit from the public schools.

Obama: Only Those Under 65 Should Be at the Mercy of the Insurance Industry

By: Wednesday April 13, 2011 1:30 pm

Ryan’s plan to turn Medicare into an income-based, sliding-scale voucher that seniors use to buy only private insurance on a loosely regulated exchange is nearly identical to the Obama Affordable Care Act’s basic design that gives the uninsured under 65 income-based, sliding-scale vouchers to buy only private insurance on loosely regulated exchanges.

Ryan and Obama Plans Share Unworkable Gimmick for Capping Health Care Inflation

By: Friday April 8, 2011 6:45 am

Not only is Republican Paul Ryan’s Medicare privatization plan using basically the same general premium-supported exchange design that Obama’s health care revision does for the uninsured under 65, but both Ryan’s budget and “Obamacare” are nearly totally reliant on almost the same pathetic accounting trick of using poorly indexed caps on federal health care spending in the distant future to produce the bulk of their supposed deficit reductions.

Similarities Between Ryan’s Medicare Plan and Affordable Care Act Make Dem Pushback Tricky

By: Tuesday April 5, 2011 12:30 pm

I would love if the entire Democratic establishment could unequivocally beat up on Ryan and the rest of the Republicans for promoting such a horrible plan. Unfortunately, this task has become monumentally more difficult in the last year because President Obama, Congressional Democrats, and the bulk of “liberal” pundits endorsed the new health care law, all claiming profusely what an amazing idea it is to use sliding scale premium support payments to provide individuals with insurance on private exchanges.

Republicans Abandon Winning 2010 Strategy with Medicare Privatization Plan

By: Monday April 4, 2011 11:45 am

Republicans are about to unveil a budget that privatizes Medicare. It ends enrollment to the single-payer program entirely within 10 years, and everybody else who reaches the age of 65 gets a voucher they can use to purchase health insurance on the private market. The voucher’s value does not increase over time even as health insurance rates rise, so it will cover less and less of the cost of insurance. These Medicare-certified private plans, ironically, would live on an exchange, much like the private market in the Affordable Care Act. But two things here: one, the Medicare certification would have no standards like essential benefits, annual limits and minimum guarantees, unlike the vision for insurance exchanges in the ACA; and two, this would cost more money overall, since Medicare is much cheaper than private insurance, similar to all single-payer health care systems. The burden of that additional cost would fall on the individual, as the voucher would stretch less over time.

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