Medicare

Medicare for All? First, Make Medicare Great Again.

The political momentum on the left for Medicare for All, fueled by Republicans’ dramatic failure to repeal Obamacare, has been tempered lately by an attack of the piecemeals. Some liberals are warning that the political hurdles for government-provided health care cannot be surmounted at once—that advances must ushered in slowly and incrementally, to minimize disruption. […]

The Affordable Care Act, Medicare Costs, and Retirement Security

The brief’s key findings are: The 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA) included roughly 165 provisions to improve Medicare’s finances. The Medicare Trustees Report, which reflects the ACA provisions, shows dramatically lower cost projections for Medicare in the future. The Medicare actuaries also produce alternative projections assuming that the legislated restraints on growth in payments to health providers are […]

Trumpcare Is Very Destructive to Both Medicare and Medicaid

Janine Jackson: “Far from seamless” was how the Washington Post described the debut of House Republicans’ much vaunted — by them — replacement for the Affordable Care Act. Like others, this story was about how right-wing Republicans might present hurdles to the plan’s passage, because it’s too much like the dreaded Obamacare, and how they […]

Trumpcare Raids Medicare To Enrich The Wealthy And Plant A Bomb

Trumpcare is Robin Hood in reverse. It robs from the elderly, people with disabilities, and poor children to give massive tax giveaways to millionaires and billionaires. Trumpcare slashes health-care spending by a whopping $1.2 trillion and tax revenues by an also whopping $883 billion. It robs 24 million Americans of their health insurance in order […]

Gutting Obamacare: Opening Salvo in the Republican War on Seniors, Middle-Aged and Poor Americans

If Republican elites in Congress were honest about their agenda, no senior would ever vote Republican. The current fight over repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is not generally couched in terms of its impact on seniors, but it should be. It is a thinly veiled — and serious — opening attack on […]