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Krugman: On Paul Ryan, Medicare & Mediscares

May 27, 2011

From The New York Times: By PAUL KRUGMAN Published: May 26, 2011 To be sure, Mr. Ryan had reason to be upset after Tuesday’s special election in New York’s 26th Congressional District. It’s a very conservative district, so much so that last year the Republican candidate took 76 percent of the vote. Yet on Tuesday,…

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…

GOP’s Medicaid Proposal Also Would Cut Seniors’ Coverage

May 11, 2011

From The New York Times: By JENNIFER STEINHAUER Published: May 10, 2011 WASHINGTON — As Republicans inch away from their plan to reshape the nation’s Medicare program, their equally transformative ideas for Medicaid, now largely in the shadows of the budget debate, are moving front and center. While the largest number of Medicaid recipients are…

Poll: Americans Oppose Cuts To Children’s Health Care

May 5, 2011

From The Hill: By Julian Pecquet – 04/26/11 04:30 PM ET Voters are just as opposed to slashing children’s healthcare programs as they are to cutting Medicare, according to a new poll by the Democratic firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner. The poll was commissioned by the children’s advocacy group First Focus. It seeks to demonstrate that…

Congressman Paul Ryan’s Moral Barbarism

May 4, 2011

From The New Republic: By Jonathan Chait May 3, 2011 | 1:44 pm Karl Rove’s column the other day joined the many conservatives expressing their hurt and anger that President Obama would depict Paul Ryan’s budget as harming sick and vulnerable citizens: Mr. Obama likes campaigning more than governing. And for this president, campaigning means…

Rep. Ryan Earns 2 Pinocchios In Touting His Medicare Plan

April 29, 2011

From The Washington Post: Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 04/29/2011 “There’s a lot of misinformation about what we are proposing and what we are not proposing. We’re saying: Save Medicare by reforming it for people who are 54 and below by working like a system just like members of Congress and federal employees have.” —…

Rep. Paul Ryan’s Medicare Plan Vs. Affordable Care Act

April 28, 2011

From The White House Blog: No Comparison Posted by Stephanie Cutter on April 27, 2011 at 05:40 PM EDT Earlier this week, Speaker John Boehner said Rep. Ryan’s plan to privatize Medicare “transforms Medicare into a plan that’s very similar to the President’s own health care bill.” This comparison is deeply flawed. Here’s why: No…

House Passes Plan To Phase Out Medicare, Slash Medicaid

April 15, 2011

From Talking Points Memo: Brian Beutler | April 15, 2011, 2:23PM House Republicans voted Friday in favor of a vision of the future without Medicare, with a significantly eroded Medicaid, and with lower taxes on wealthy Americans. By a vote of 235-193, they passed their budget resolution — an opening bid in a broader partisan…

If Ryan’s Medicare Plan Passes, Who Will Insure Seniors?

April 15, 2011

Congressman Paul Ryan From  Talking Points Memo: Benjy Sarlin | April 15, 2011, 11:00AM At first glance, Paul Ryan’s plan to send millions of seniors into the free market with dwindling vouchers in hand might seem a boon to the private insurance industry. But would companies even want to participate? Unlike the Affordable Care Act,…

Path To History?

April 13, 2011

By David Fitzsimmons, Arizona Daily Star

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