The Plum Line: Medicare


Posted at 03:18 PM ET, 03/27/2014

Congress demonstrates yet again why controlling health-care costs is so hard

Republicans and Democrats come together to pass yet another “doc fix.”

By Paul Waldman  |  03:18 PM ET, 03/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  congress, doc fix, Medicare, Obamacare

Posted at 04:15 PM ET, 05/31/2013

More good news on Medicare and Affordable Care Act implementation

Caution is reasonable, but most of the news in health care these days has been pretty good

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  04:15 PM ET, 05/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  health care, Medicare, Obamacare

Posted at 04:48 PM ET, 02/26/2013

Medicaid expansion chalks up another win: New Jersey

Gov. Chris Christie's decision is another big step toward universal coverage.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  04:48 PM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  health care, Medicare

Posted at 10:38 AM ET, 01/01/2013

Fiscal deal leaves central question of Obama presidency unresolved

The battle over the future of the American welfare state was not settled by today's outcome, and that fight is the crucial one.

By Greg Sargent  |  10:38 AM ET, 01/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  barack obama, fiscal cliff, Medicare, Social Security

Posted at 04:57 PM ET, 12/20/2012

AFL-CIO to White House: Time to rescind your offer to Boehner

Major groups on the left won't tolerate a single additional concession of any significance on Obama's part.

By Greg Sargent  |  04:57 PM ET, 12/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  fiscal cliff, labor, Medicare, Social Security

Posted at 09:12 AM ET, 12/14/2012

The Morning Plum: Destructive anti-tax fanaticism

The GOP cannot evolve if it refuses to recognize the reality of broader public opinion.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:12 AM ET, 12/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bush tax cuts, fiscal cliff, Medicare, Morning Plum

Posted at 03:54 PM ET, 12/13/2012

Reasons for optimism about the Medicare age?

It has been made clear to the White House that a great many Congressional Dems believe raising the eligibility age is morally unconscionable and a nonstarter.

By Greg Sargent  |  03:54 PM ET, 12/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dick Durbin, fiscal cliff, Medicare, Medicare eligibility age

Posted at 01:22 PM ET, 12/12/2012

Liberals warn Obama: We will fight any hike in Medicare age

Senator Jeff Merkley warns that any age hike will be a nonstarter for liberals, who will fight it to the end.

By Greg Sargent  |  01:22 PM ET, 12/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  fiscal cliff, Medicare, Senate

Posted at 09:12 AM ET, 12/12/2012

The Morning Plum: Don't raise the Medicare eligibility age, Mr. President

In an interview with ABC News, Obama declines to rule it out. But he was not elected to give away people's Medicare.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:12 AM ET, 12/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bush tax cuts, fiscal cliff, Medicare, Morning Plum

Posted at 11:56 AM ET, 12/11/2012

Raising Medicare age could leave hundreds of thousands uninsured

A new report finds that far more seniors could be left uninsured than previously thought.

By Greg Sargent  |  11:56 AM ET, 12/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  barack obama, fiscal cliff, Medicare

Posted at 11:22 AM ET, 12/06/2012

Reminder: Obama has already agreed to big spending cuts

Republicans don't really want "balance" from the White House. They want Obama to give them pretty much everything they want.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  11:22 AM ET, 12/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  fiscal cliff, john boehner, Medicare

Posted at 03:34 PM ET, 12/05/2012

Pelosi: Dems must say No to raising Medicare eligibility age

Liberals fear the White House and Dems will agree to raise the Medicare eligibility age. But Nancy Pelosi says No.

By Greg Sargent  |  03:34 PM ET, 12/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, fiscal cliff, House of Representatives, Medicare, Nancy Pelosi