The race for the newly drawn 27th congressional district could be one of the most interesting contests this year. Freshman Democrat Kathy Hochul is hoping to win re-election there, and two Republicans have already lined up to challenge. But David Bellavia has picked up several endorsements ahead of the June 26 primary, and he is confident he can beat former Erie County Executive Chris Collins and Hochul.
Video: Shields, Brooks on Patriot Act, NY Race Upset, Medicare Politics, Palin Tour
What the Supreme Court Health Care Ruling Means for Older Adults
Thanks to the marvels of medical science, our parents are living longer than ever before. Adults over age 80 are the fastest growing segment of the population; most will spend years dependent on others for the most basic needs. That burden falls to their baby boomer children. In The New Old Age, Paula Span and other contributors explore this unprecedented intergenerational challenge. You can reach the editors at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Medicare proposes PI settlement rules
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Simon Johnson: How the Banks Endangered Medicare
The economic mechanism through which a bank-led financial crisis has a broader adverse fiscal impact is straightforward. The recession that deepened sharply in 2008 implied a deep loss of tax revenue, mostly because people lost their jobs. Lower revenue means larger government deficits, particularly when the government also provides unemployment insurance, so spending also goes up. (In comparison, the Bush stimulus of 2008 and the Obama stimulus of 2009 added relatively little to the cumulative additional total debt, according to the Congressional Budget Office.)
False balance and the Medicare scare : CJR
Trudy, excellent piece. I do wish, though, you had pointed out the insidious role of the “fact checkers,” notably PolitiFact, in enabling the news media in this bogus, false-equivalence coverage of the Medicare issue. PolitiFact’s most recent piece got a key fact wrong. It said the latest Ryan Medicare plan would cap Medicare spending at GDP plus 1%. In fact, Ryan’s budget bill — which the House passed earlier this year and which supersedes Ryan’s “bipartisan” Medicare proposal with Democrat Ron Wyden– would cap Medicare spending at GDP plus .5%, a difference which adds up fast. In addition, Henry Aaron has pointed out that talking with Ryan’s staff, it’s not clear whether that cap would apply to Medicare spending in total or to per capita Medicare spending, which makes a huge difference because if you cap total Medicare spending without adjusting for the large increase in Medicare enrollment over the next 20 years, you get a really really big cut in per capita Medicare spending, which would mean much poorer coverage. PolitiFact and the other “fact checkers” have consistently called the Democrats’ statements about Ryan’s and Romney’s Medicare proposals last year and this year false, when they are quite factually accurate. The NY Times, in its recent story quoting Romney saying Obama’s statement was dishonest that Romney’s Medicare proposal was a “voucher” plan, cited PolitiFact saying Obama’s ads were “mostly false.” In fact, as Trudy notes, Romney’s and Ryan’s proposals, which are quite similar, are precisely voucher plans. PolitiFact also missed the fact that Ryan’s proposal is no longer “bipartisan” because Wyden reportedly has refused to support it, on the basis that the GDP plus .5% cap is too low, Ryan’s plan would raise the Medicare eligibility age to 67, and Ryan’s block granting of Medicaid would hurt Medicare dual eligibles.
Suddenly, NY Times Realizes Obamacare Prompts Doctor Shortages
Now that Obamacare has jumped the hurdle of the Supreme Court, the New York Times has decided to give us the bad news: there are nowhere near enough doctors in the country, and the problems will get exponentially worse with the addition of millions soon to be insured by Obamacare. The Association of American Medical Colleges estimates that in less than three years the country will be almost 700,000 doctors short.
Daily Kos: The coming Medicaid wars
If that is the motivation, then there should be no policy or political argument against offering Medicaid expansion on federal exchanges. Fishkin notes a problem with a system that in fact does not do so: [T]here is a big problem with this plan from a state budgetary point of view: not everyone who would have been covered by the Medicaid expansion will actually get health insurance on the exchanges. Far from it. Most of these people—two thirds, says CBO—won’t even be eligible to participate in the exchanges. This is because you need to be earning more than the federal poverty line to buy insurance on an exchange. So let’s be clear: if a state like Texas says “no” to the Medicaid expansion, a childless, non-elderly, non-disabled adult earning less than the poverty line is not going to have any realistic way to get health insurance in the state of Texas. She’s just out of luck. Here lies the policy imperative to offering Medicaid expansion through federal exchanges. But are the legal stumbling blocks too great? I think not. Consider the triggering event that permits the creation of federal exchanges: The Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) will establish exchanges in states that do not create their own approved exchange. So who tells the secretary of Health and Human Services what her exchange should look like? Well, she does, and do not doubt that the secretary will establish exchanges that will comply with ACA and the regulations she promulgates. Do the regulations disallow participation in the exchange if you do not qualify for subsidies? In my view, they do not. They merely provide for subsidies. If you accept my view, nothing in ACA prohibits the secretary from folding the Medicaid expansion into federal exchanges in those states that do not form exchanges and reject the Medicaid expansion.
NY Doctor Convicted in Medicare and Insurance Fraud Scheme
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[POLL] Cut Military Spending In Favor Of Medicare?
“This is Insane and we must Stop the Madness. I propose that we Cut Military Spending by at least 30%, a savings of approximately $230 Billion Dollars! We would still have the strongest military on the planet and would still have the largest defense budget in the world. Let’s use the money saved to eliminate the Medicare Doughnut Hole and have money for important programs and yes, REDUCE THE BUDGET DEFICIT and pay down the debt!” said Mittman.
Navigating Health Care in New York: Researching Insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, and Providers
Whether one’s health care provider must be chosen from a health maintenance organization or insurer, may provide health care as part of Medicare or Medicaid, or is recommended by family or friends, it is always wise to find out more about the health care provider. If your doctor practices in New York State, s/he is licensed by the New York State Department of Health and a good deal of basic and supplemental information is available about him or her in their New York State Physician Profile. In order to search the Physician Profile, it is necessary to have the proper spelling of the physician’s name which should be available from either your health insurance provider or from the office of the doctor. This site provides such basic information as whether this physician is licensed by the State of New York, whether the doctor went to an accredited medical school in the United States, where s/he did a residency or internship (a period of from one to several years of training after medical school but before receipt of a medical license) and whether s/he is "Board Certified" in the field. That is, after finishing formal medical training, s/he received post graduate training and supervision that indicates additional training in a specific medical field such as orthopedics or psychiatry. It should also indicate where his or her medical office is, what hospitals licensed in the State of New York s/he can practice in, whether s/he has published research papers in his medical field or has been teaching medicine or providing community service.