Medicare

Don’t fall for the scam to destroy Medicare and Social Security

The Republican tax bill is moving closer and closer to passage. If the GOP manages to ram it through, make no mistake about what’s next: a pell-mell rush to eviscerate social insurance programs like Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. It’s a simple trick: You blow up the deficit with tax cuts for the rich, then […]

Trump Officials, After Rejecting Obama Medicare Model, Adopt One Like It

WASHINGTON — In a notable back flip, the Trump administration has decided that maybe the Obama administration was right in its efforts to change the way doctors and hospitals are paid under Medicare. The Trump administration said late Tuesday that it was starting a Medicare payment model very similar to the ones it canceled and curtailed […]

Why the U.S. Spends So Much More Than Other Nations on Health Care

The United States spends almost twice as much on health care, as a percentage of its economy, as other advanced industrialized countries — totaling $3.3 trillion, or 17.9 percent of gross domestic product in 2016. But a few decades ago American health care spending was much closer to that of peer nations. What happened? A large part of the […]

A Vote For The GOP Tax Bill Is A Vote To Cut Medicare

Do you trust Paul Ryan to protect your Medicare benefits? How about White House budget director Mick Mulvaney, a former member of the House Freedom Caucus and, like Ryan, a longstanding foe of Medicare? If the just-passed House tax bill, its Senate counterpart, or some compromise of the two is signed into law, the enactment […]

Why America Needs Foreign Medical Graduates

As our recent eight-nation bracket tournament showed, many people think the United States health care system has a lot of problems. So it seems reasonable to think of policy changes that make things better, not worse. Making it harder for immigrants to come here to practice medicine would fail that test. The American system relies to a […]