Archive for the ‘Health Care’ Category

Misleading Medicare Mantra

June 15th, 2011

When you criticize the Republican’s plan for Medicare privatization, their kneejerk comeback is to claim that Medicare is going bankrupt.  They’ve got to break it to fix it. It’s a misleading non sequitur that should not go unchallenged. The claim was amplified recently by the Medicare Trustees report, which projects that the Medicare Hospital Insurance… Read more

You Ask, I (try to) Answer

June 5th, 2011

A few more questions lifted from last weeks’s comments. In response to my post on our unmet infrastructure needs: Q: Given these needs, why didn’t Obama target the stimulus to infrastructure? A: Actually, about $100 billion of the stimulus, around 12%, went to infrastructure.  Why not more?  The rationale was that stimulus spending should get… Read more

Political Economy Today: Will Overreach Lead to Balance?

May 26th, 2011

In this biz (if playing digital chin music can be called a biz), you don’t want to get too hung up interpreting one moment in time.  These things change quickly.  But in the heat of budget deals, debt ceiling, proposed Medicare changes, the NY special election, the nascent economic recovery, a few themes seem worth… Read more