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Obama To Focus On Lowering Medicare And Medicaid Costs

With CBO reporting that the cost of Obamacare is lower than expected, the Obama Administration has turned its attention to lowering the cost of Medicare and medical care generally. The Obama administration announced Monday a sweeping new plan that will directly affect thousands of hospitals and doctors across the country. The federal government now plans […]

LZ Granderson got into a spat with his conservative colleagues on CNN when he pointed out the lack of transparency when the Bush administration passed Medicare Part D. During a heated CNN Sunday panel discussion on how to reform health care, liberal commentator Granderson asked his conservative co-panelists S.E. Cupp and Mercedes Schlapp: “Where was […]

I have been among those concerned about the fiscal health of Medicare.  Margaret Sanger-Katz and Kevin Quealy give us grounds for cautious optimism. The changes are big. The difference between the current estimate for Medicare’s 2019 budget and the estimate for the 2019 budget four years ago is about $95 billion. That sum is greater […]

The Medicare and Social Security trustees issued their annual report last week.  The headline was the good news that Medicare is now solvent until 2030, four years later than previously estimated.  Drew Altman points out that there was even better news buried in the details: * Contrary to conventional wisdom, Medicare appears to be outperforming […]

The true death panel consists of Republican governors and legislators. Charlene Dill, a 32-year-old mother of three, collapsed and died on a stranger’s floor at the end of March. She was at an appointment to try to sell a vacuum cleaner, one of the three part-time jobs that she worked to try to make ends […]

John Boehner used procedural maneuverings to pass an increase in payments to doctors receiving Medicare money, to bypass the more conservative members of his caucus.  These Tea Party acolytes were not happy: Many Republican House members wre not even on the floor. Here, Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-TX) complains about what transpired, comparing it to what […]

The Bronx pharmacists then charged Medicaid for the full amount and pocketed the money. When arrested, pharmacist Mohamed Hasan Ahmed buried his face in officers’ clothes. Pharmacy owner Ahmed Hamed was calm as he was led away in handcuffs. A third owner of the 184th Street Pharmacy in the Bronx’s University Heights, Tarek Elsayed, was […]

The Arkansas House voted not to fund a continuation of Medicaid expansion, meaning 96,000 people who depended on Medicaid are left without coverage. Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe (D) (pictured) worked out a compromise with the Republican-controlled legislature last year to pass an alternative to Medicaid expansion that uses federal money to help people earning up […]

Charlie Crist, the former Republican turned Democratic candidate for Governor of Florida, goes for incumbent Rick Scott’s jugular early on. Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (D) said in an interview on Friday that the state’s current Tea Party Gov. Rick Scott (R) is to blame for the deaths of six Floridians every day due to […]

One out of every four Medicare dollars is spent on people in their last year of life, much of it for treatments that do little but prolong suffering.  The original attempts to make end of life care in the Affordable Care Act more humane were derided as “death panels.”  Well, some provisions stayed in the […]

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