And They’re Off! (Ready for the 2016 Presidential Horse Race?)

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is leading in matchups against Republicans. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is the top GOP presidential contender. Clinton gets a big nod over Christie (48 percent to 36 percent). This among voters 55 and older in a new Quinnipiac University poll, based on interviews conducted Feb. 27 to March 4 – barely a month after President Barack Obama was sworn in for a second term. Early polls, it should be noted, tend to favor the …

GOP Runs New Medicare Plan Up the Flagpole

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) might propose changing the age of immunity – immunity from cuts in Medicare, that is. Pay attention when Ryan, the chairman of the House Budget Committee, begins outlining his budget for reporters on March 6. Republicans have long said that the health insurance program for older Americans is growing so fast it will eat the federal budget alive. But the party line has been that people 55 and older won’t be affected – under the theory …

Revisiting the Political Playbook on Medicare

It was once accepted conventional wisdom in politics that messing with federal retirement programs would sink a candidate with older voters. Want to win retiree-rich Florida? Then just attack your opponent as a threat to Social Security or Medicare or both. During the 1992 Democratic presidential primary, Bill Clinton took one little paragraph from Paul Tsongas’ treatise, “A Call to Economic Arms,” in which his rival floated the idea of a 1 percent reduction in cost-of-living adjustments for Social Security. …

Fact Check: Martha Raddatz Got It Wrong on Medicare and Social Security

“Let’s talk about Medicare and entitlements. Both Medicare and Social Security are going broke and taking a larger share of the budget in the process. Will benefits for Americans under these programs have to change for the programs to survive?” – Martha Raddatz, vice presidential debate, Oct. 11, 2012 It’s a given that political candidates will misrepresent facts and spin them to their own advantage. That’s what we’ve come to expect when candidates meet face-to-face for a debate. Watching a …

The Vice Presidential Debate: The Candidates on Medicare and Social Security

It wasn’t the “Thrilla in Manila,” the famous faceoff between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier for the Heavyweight Boxing Championship of the World, but tonight’s debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan, Republican Mitt Romney’s running mate, was nonetheless heavy with political drama. The two vice presidential candidates met to debate both foreign and domestic topics at Centre College in Danville, Ky., Martha Raddatz, the senior foreign affairs correspondent of ABC News, moderating. See also: The debate …

How Will the Election Change Medicaid?

By Phil Galewitz, Staff Writer, Kaiser Health News The future of Medicaid – the state-federal workhorse of the nation’s health system that provides health coverage to the poorest and sickest Americans – hangs in the balance on Election Day. President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney have vastly different approaches to the program. Medicaid is the backbone of the 2010 health law – considered Obama’s signature legislative achievement – which, starting in 2014, expands coverage to 30 million uninsured Americans. As many as …