If he wants to preserve seniors' benefits in Medicare, as promised during the campaign, then adopting a voucher plan designed to shift costs to seniors fundamentally violates that pledge.
Conservatives need a new budget strategy that emphasizes discretionary programs in basic research, education, infrastructure, economic-self-sufficiency and national security. In doing so, emphasis should be focused on funding contingent on quality analysis and outcomes.
House Republicans want to convert Medicare into a voucher program, and would like to see the Senate concur. All this ties together as the biggest threat to health care for seniors and the disabled that we have yet seen. Democrats need to discover their spine!
Michael McAuliff covers Congress and politics for The Huffington Post. Talk to him on Facebook. Chained CPI requires the
Most media coverage of the president's decision not to include the "chained CPI" for cost-of-living adjustments in Social Security and other retirement programs in his 2015 budget has left out a key point to understanding the announcement.
Today, as Orwell predicted, we need a new political language. "Reform" is being used in our political discourse by the wealthy and corporate mouthpieces as code for privatizing and deregulating every public service they can get their greedy hands on.
Budget Conference Provides an Excellent Opportunity to Carefully Examine Rep. Ryan's 'Entitlement' Proposals
Paul Ryan has indicated that "entitlement reform" will be at the top of his agenda. Committee members should listen carefully to what he has to say and encourage him to provide more details than he has so far offered on how his proposed savings would be accomplished.
Much of what is commonly being said about the federal budget is either mischaracterization or flatly wrong. When you slice through all the heated rhetoric, the budgetary choices we face may be painful, but they are actually much simpler to make than the debate would suggest.
But the initial reaction from senior Democratic Senate aides was basically a scoff, noting that the offer was a far cry from
WASHINGTON -- Over a two-and-a-half hour dinner at the Jefferson Hotel in downtown Washington Wednesday night, President
Yet for all the humbug and melancholy, the ratings agency Standard & Poor's has some unexpected good news in its new report. Contrary to what your Twitter feed may suggest, a number of nations are making notable progress in reforming fiscal and economic policies to account for population aging.
"From all reports I’ve seen, President Obama is going to propose a budget plan next week that is unprecedented for a Democratic
[Would you like to follow me on Twitter? Because why not?] The underlying assumption here, of course, is the idea that if
"I don't see us supporting a deal that has chained CPI in it," said Bill Samuel, director of government affairs at the AFL
"This was not a meeting for the president to reveal his confidential discussions with Republicans, but I think we got the
"I hope that these kinds of discussions can continue," Boehner said. "Even though we have very real differences, our job