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Medicare Budget Concerns Easing

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 Republican-led government in Florida allocated $900,000 to help the state’s residents find affordable health care through a state-backed website which was somewhat of an alternative to Obamacare.  They steadfastly refused to expand Medicaid or work with the federal government to offer subsidized insurance plans. Talking Points Memo reported: But since the launch of the [...]

Republican Governors, unlike their peers in Congress, have to work to help their constituents.  This is particularly true for ones that are up for re-election.  So it should surprise no one that Pennsylvania GOP Governor reached an agreement with HHS to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act: …the Medicaid expansion has created political complications [...]

Via Political Wire: Sam Wang notes that Republican governors who supported Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion are being rewarded for it in recent polls.“According to these data points, Republican governors who bucked their party’s stance and accepted the policy are faring better with voters–in these races, an average of 8.5 percentage points better. Considering that crusading against Obamacare [...]

This past week baseball had a bit of an embarrassment as the grounds crew for the Chicago Cubs could not get the tarpaulin on the field in time once it started raining during a game against the San Francisco Giants.  The game was called, the Giants appealed, the commissioner’s office upheld the appeal.  Why was [...]

Even though Obamacare “victim” stories have been debunked time and time again, circulating false stories, which end up being fact-checked, is still a Republican tactic. The woman in the new Crossroads GPS ad claims she had to go back to work because of Obamacare, however, her own LinkedIn Profile shows that she’s been working continuously [...]

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 [...]

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Kentucky Congressman John Yarmuth tweeted out the above chart showing the gains in insurance in his home state (and that of Senator Mitch McConnell who led the fight against Obamacare).  Harold Pollack explains the significance: That map reflects hundreds of thousands of lives changed, in a single small state that went against President Obama, big [...]

Republican Mayor Adam O’Neal of Bellhaven, North Carolina, has been walking to Washington, DC in support of Medicaid expansion and health care for rural residents, Blue Virginia reports. No, it’s not a trap.   Yesterday O’Neal arrived at an event on health care and Medicaid expansion at the Greater Prince William Community Health Center in [...]

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