News Roundup: For Congress, Big Deadlines Loom

From Kaiser Health News On the Sunday talk shows, members of Congress sparred over the upcoming budget votes and the ongoing dispute over the cost of ‘Obamacare’ and entitlement programs such as Medicare. More urgently, if Congress fails to pass an extension to keep the government funded by March 27, agencies and programs face a broad shutdown. Los Angeles Times: There’s No Immediate Debt Crisis, Boehner Says, Agreeing With Obama The country isn’t facing an immediate debt crisis, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Sunday, but …

Medicare’s Debut at the Republican National Convention

For a good portion of the first afternoon of the Republican National Convention, a cavalcade of GOP congressional candidates tried to draw contrasts on the issues between the parties. But only one set his sights squarely on Medicare, offering a full-throated defense of the GOP’s approach. Sort of. Keith Rothfus, a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania, focused on what Republicans see as their biggest weapon in the issue: the Affordable Care Act and its more than …

5 Great Ways to Plug Into the GOP Convention From Home

There was a time when the national conventions of the two major political parties were filled with drama, emotional catharsis and occasionally even angry fisticuffs. (Here’s our gallery of great and not-so-great historic moments at GOP conventions.) Over the years, the quadrennial gatherings evolved into something more closely resembling slick, stage-managed infomercials, carefully designed to sell the parties’ tickets to the public rather than to wrestle over fateful decisions. Even so, whether you’re a hardcore political junkie or simply a citizen who likes to be informed, the 2012 Republican National …

Nevada Republicans Place a Heavy Wager on Romney

From the Las Vegas Strip to cowboy country, Nevada Republicans bet heavily on Mitt Romney for president. He snared 48 percent of their caucus vote. The older the voter, the better Romney fared. Among 50- to 64-year-olds, he won 55 percent; among those 65 and older, he won 57 percent. Mormons made up an outsize proportion of the caucus-goers, and 9 of 10 voted for Romney, a Mormon. Still, there was a cautionary note for Romney. His share of the …

The Takeaway: Older Voters In Florida Wanted More From GOP Candidates On Social Security, Medicare

Going into Florida’s Republican primary election today, the candidates have spent little time focusing on programs such as Social Security and Medicare“”and older voters aren’t happy about it.

Nailing Down the Candidates on Social Security, Medicare

Where do the Republican candidates stand on Social Security and Medicare? The answer is important, because the next president – Democrat or Republican – will inherit the call for changes in those programs to whittle federal spending. On such controversial subjects, pinning down exactly where the candidates stand isn’t always easy. Newt Gingrich, for example, initially dismissed Rep. Paul Ryan’s dramatic reform proposals as “right-wing social engineering.” Months later Gingrich unveiled his own plan to revise what he called the …