Paul Ryan

Medicare: 3 Important Things the Public Opinion Polls Tell Us

Posted on 08/23/2012 by |Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsMedicare has become a red-hot issue in the 2012 elections, with both sides accusing the other of endangering the program’s future ability to provide health care for older Americans. But three just-released polls cut through the campaign rhetoric and provide insights into what voters are thinking. Here are three key findings: Medicare is really, really important to Americans. A new Associated-Press Roper GfK poll makes clear that Americans are deeply interested in what the candidates have to say about Medicare, …

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 …

On the Ground: How Medicare Is Playing in Congressional Races

Posted on 08/20/2012 by |Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsNew York Times (8/15): Medicare Fight Recasts Races For Congress The fight over Medicare, the popular federal health care program for older Americans, is rapidly intensifying in House and Senate races around the nation after the selection of Rep. Paul D. Ryan as the Republican vice-presidential candidate. Congressional Democrats and some analysts say that development could transform the fight for control of Congress, given his role as the author of a House-approved budget plan that would reshape Medicare. Philadelphia Inquirer …

15 Things You May Not Know About Paul Ryan

Posted on 08/11/2012 by |Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsHis five favorite songs are “Gallows Pole” (Led Zeppelin), “Immigrant Song” (Led Zeppelin) “Trucking” (Grateful Dead), “For Whom the Bell Tolls” (Metallica), and “A Country Boy Can Survive” (Hank Williams, Jr.). He’s known as a gym rat who does 200 push-ups every morning, lifts weights, and likes the popular P90X workout program. He married Janna Christine Little, who was then working as a tax attorney in the Washington office of PricewaterhouseCoopers, in 2000. He’s an avid hunter and fly-fisherman. He …

Mitt Romney’s No. 2: Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin

Posted on 08/11/2012 by |Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsMake room, national economy. Medicare and Social Security have just moved to the political front burner with Republican Mitt Romney’s selection of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his running-mate. Ryan, the chairman of the House Budget Committee, started out in politics as a Republican congressional aide immediately after graduating from Ohio’s Miami University in 1992 (with majors in economics and political science). He’s been elected to the House seven times since 1998. Ryan’s budget plan, approved by the GOP-controlled House …

For the Obama Campaign, a Cloud with a Silver Lining

Posted on 06/13/2012 by |Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsIt’s a good news-bad news thing that’s got to be really frustrating for the message-makers inside the Obama campaign. Voters in the 65-and-up bracket, polls show, believe the president and the Democrats will do a better job serving older Americans and have better ideas for Social Security, Medicare and health care. But they still prefer Republican Mitt Romney. The margins are narrow all the way around, suggesting that voters 65 and older are as divided as everyone else over their …