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

Rick 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 …

The Takeaway: Republican Presidential Candidates Get Heated in Vegas; Social Security Increase Coming

<strong><a href=""><img class="alignright size-medium wp-image-13513" style="margin-left:5px;margin-right:5px;" title="10-18-gop-debate-zuma-cropped-proto-custom_28" src="" alt="" width="300" height="165" /></a>Stakes Up But Jackpot Elusive in GOP Debate: </strong>Maybe it was something about the Vegas air that got Republican presidential candidates so riled up in last night's CNN-sponsored debate (the fifth GOP debate since Labor Day). This debate, at Las Vegas' Venetian/Sands Expo and Convention Center, saw <strong>Herman Cain</strong> vigorously defending his 9-9-9 tax plan, which <a href=",0,938146.story">was nearly universally panned by the other candidates</a>, and Texas Gov. <strong>Rick Perry</strong>"”after a <a href="">subdued showing at last week's debate</a>"”doing his darnedest to tangle with <strong>Mitt Romney</strong> once again (though no more <a href="–republican-debate.html">Social Security talk</a>; illegal immigration was all the rage this week).

The Takeaway: Perry/Romney Badminton Continues; Gov’t Shutdown Looms; Prostate Patients on Medicare Do Worse

Not Flip-Flopping! Oh, goodness-accusations of ‘flip-flopping’ (that infamous insult from presidential campaigns of yore) featured prominently in last night’s GOP debate in Florida, as presidential hopefuls Mitt Romney and Rick Perry accused each other of being inconsistent on Social Security, gun rights and health care. The debate-which included seven other GOP candidates and focused on character and credibility as much as political issues-gave birth to another clash (surprise, surprise) between Romney and Perry over Social Security. The two men quibbled over whether …

The Takeaway: Romney Presses Social Security Issue; Heavier Women Less Strong; Health Insurance’s “Good News”

A new study of older women finds those that are overweight actually have less leg strength and power than their normal-weight counterparts … A survey finds that the cost of employer-based health insurance will rise less this year than in the previous few … Scientists have found a way to reverse the aging of human stem cells"”which is good news, because our old fountain-of-youth hope"”'longevity genes'"”isn't holding up so well in light of new research.

The Takeaway: Who’s Afraid of the Big, Bad Social Security Debate?

Is Rick Perry a ‘Scary Guy?’ There was more talk of vaccinating young girls than of saving Social Security at last night’s ‘CNN/Tea Party Express‘ debate, as the GOP candidates-led by an especially vocal Michele Bachmann-leapt on Texas Gov. Rick Perry for the state’s mandating girls get the HPV vaccine. Social Security got its due time, though, when Perry (his rhetoric slightly toned down from last week) called it “a broken system” that politicians were afraid to discuss honestly with the American people, …

GOP Riff Over Social Security Heating Up

We're used to seeing Social Security disagreements between Republicans and Democrats, but the issue is now becoming a major source of contention within the GOP. At a debate Wednesday night, Texas governor and Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry called Social Security a "Ponzi scheme." This didn't sit well with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who said that kind of rhetoric is bad for the party.