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Revisiting the Political Playbook on Medicare

Posted on 11/2/2012 by | Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsIt 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

Posted on 10/12/2012 by | Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | Politics“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

Posted on 10/11/2012 by | Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsIt 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?

Posted on 10/6/2012 by | Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsBy 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 …

One App for All Your Political News

Posted on 09/28/2012 by | Technology | Comments

TechnologyPolitical junkies and regular voters from both parties can cross the great aisle of division, and unite around an iPad app that dishes up politics evenly. Just download the free Washington Post Politics App and leap into the campaign season with gusto. The app, launched earlier this year, offers terrific photos, graphics, and animation of everything political.  It features news and analysis, interactive maps with state-by-state polls, historical election results, campaign ads and candidate issues at-a-glance. It also contains, my …

New Poll Shows Significant Age Divide on GOP Medicare Plan

Posted on 09/27/2012 by | Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsBy Jordan Rau of Kaiser Health News The Republican proposal to change Medicare that has been championed by GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan remains unpopular with Americans, although younger people are more receptive to it than older ones, according to a new poll. Only 37 percent say that the program should be changed to a “premium support” system in which the government provides beneficiaries with a fixed amount of money to buy coverage, either from traditional Medicare or private …