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Medicaid Expansion: Size Won’t Be the Only Change

Posted on 03/1/2013 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsIt’s deal time for Medicaid, and the political horse-trading could end up reshaping the health insurance program for low-income Americans. The Obama administration wants states to expand Medicaid to cover millions more low-income adults under the health care law. A Supreme Court ruling left the decision to participate up to each state. And some of them, especially those run by Republicans, have been leery of taking more people into a program that is already one of the fastest-growing items in …

Stop the Sequester (Wait … What’s a Sequester?)

Posted on 02/22/2013 by | News | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsThe major budget cuts looming on March 1 are a bad idea, whether you know much about them or not. That’s one takeaway from a new poll by the Pew Research Center and USA Today on issues that are likely to dominate the political landscape this year. By a 9 point margin (49 to 40 percent), those polled favored finding a way around the $85 billion in spending cuts scheduled for military and most domestic programs — known in Washington …

Medicaid Flip-Flop in Florida: Will Other GOP Governors Follow?

Posted on 02/21/2013 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsRick Scott took the money but now pays a price. Florida’s small-government Republican governor ran against President Obama’s health care reform. And he sued to thwart the law that expands Medicaid to uninsured low-income people. But this week, he decided the billions of dollars in aid to cover 1 million Floridians was too much to pass up. His decision to become the seventh GOP governor to take the federal aid has enraged his conservative base. And other Republican governors are …

Simpson, Bowles: Still in the Deficit Reduction Game

Posted on 02/19/2013 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsThe two leaders of President Obama’s 2010 panel on cutting the national debt, former Sen. Alan Simpson and former White House chief of staff Erskine Bowles, are back at it, offering a new compromise budget plan that builds on deficit reduction that’s already been enacted. But before we get into details, check out how another panel member, Alice Rivlin, is trying to shake things up with the “Harlem Shake” Internet dance sensation. The performance by Rivlin, an economist at the …

Where Obama Stands on a COLA Change for Social Security

Posted on 02/11/2013 by | News | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsWondering about President Obama’s position on slowing growth in Social Security benefits? It was made very clear during today’s White House press briefing. Asked whether the president is open to raising the eligibility age for Medicare as part of a budget deal, Press Secretary Jay Carney said absolutely not. Then the subject changed to the so-called chained CPI. The proposed change for calculating cost-of-living adjustments for Social Security and veterans benefits faces strong opposition from AARP and veterans groups. Here’s …

Hammering an Idea for Stingier COLAs

Posted on 02/7/2013 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsThis video might leave you with the impression that nobody wants a proposed change for calculating cost-of-living adjustments (COLA). Not older Americans. Not veterans. Not women. Not labor. And certainly not independent U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont. That the so-called chained Consumer Price Index has no support isn’t the case, of course, or these people wouldn’t have met at the U.S. Capitol to take turns bashing the proposal. Though the formula would slow increases in Social Security, veterans and …