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At the Democratic Convention, Bill Clinton Wades Into the Fray Over the $716 Billion in Medicare ‘Cuts’

Posted on 09/6/2012 by | Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsFormer President Bill Clinton always reveled in his position as explainer-in-chief, and he reprised the role at the Democratic National Convention last night with a plain-spoken account of the running battle over $716 billion of “cuts” to Medicare. In speeches at the GOP convention in Tampa last week, the top of the party’s ticket repeated claims that Democrats raided the Medicare program to fund President Obama’s health care law. At the podium in Charlotte, Clinton alternated between comedian and schoolteacher …

FAQ: Decoding The $716 Billion In Medicare Reductions

Posted on 08/21/2012 by | Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsGuest post by Mary Agnes Carey, Kaiser Health News Staff Writer The structure and financing of Medicare, the federal health insurance program that serves seniors and the disabled, has become a defining issue in the presidential and congressional campaigns since GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney picked Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis, as his running mate. KHN’s Mary Agnes Carey answers some frequently asked questions about the numbers and policy surrounding the Medicare debate. Q: Romney and other Republicans over the past two …