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Increasing The Medicare Eligibility Age: A Smaller Bargain

July 29, 2011

From Politico: By JENNIFER HABERKORN | 7/28/11 12:41 PM EDT President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner failed to strike a “grand bargain” on the nation’s deficit, but they may have pulled off another trick: revolutionizing the debate over Medicare. When they both accepted the idea of increasing the Medicare eligibility age to 67,…

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An Uncertain Future For Medicare and Medicaid

July 22, 2011

From Politico: The Obama administration could be faced with obligations to spend cash it  doesn’t have. By J. LESTER FEDER| 7/21/11 10:47 PM EDT A default scenario is so unthinkable that not too many people have thought about what happens to Medicare and Medicaid if a deal isn’t reached. One longtime Washington health hand said…

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America: Balance Budget Without Rep. Ryan’s Medicare Cuts

May 23, 2011

From Politico: The poll comes as Republicans are feeling pushback from voters over Paul Ryan’s budget plan. | AP Photo By JENNIFER EPSTEIN | 5/23/11 7:18 AM EDT Americans aren’t convinced that cuts to Medicare and Social Security are necessary to balance the federal budget, a new poll found on Monday, even as lawmakers continue…

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Are Worried Seniors Hoisting The Ladders Behind Them?

November 16, 2010

From The New Yorker’s Financial Page: by James Surowiecki (Nov. 22, 2010) As shellackings go, the 2010 election was as comprehensive as it gets. Democrats lost among women, men, high-school graduates, college graduates, Catholics, Protestants, and so on. But there was one demographic group whose repudiation was especially influential: senior citizens. In the 2006 midterm…

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