Archive for the ‘Social Security’ Category

Stewardship of Our National Treasures: CBPPs Analyses of the Medicare and Social Security Trustees’ Report

May 31st, 2013

I told you I’d link to these–my CBPP colleagues’ analyses of the Trustees reports on Soc Sec and Mcare–and here they are. Paul’s Medicare analysis echoes some of my earlier points regarding the positive impact of health reform on the Medicare’s finances, and he also pre-empts some potential silliness re claims of “bankruptcy!” The projected  insolvency… Read more

Talkin’ Budgets on the Newshour

April 11th, 2013

A rousing debate on the social insurance cuts proposed by the President.  One thing: the clock ran out as Joe Antos and I were squabbling about whether cuts to Medicare, largely on the delivery side–bundled payments, bargaining for lower drug costs, etc.–were in the President’s budget.  I  said yes, he said no.  I still say… Read more

You’re So Conservative, You’re…You’re…Liberal!

April 11th, 2013

The President’s offer to cut spending on Medicare and Social Security is confusing some conservatives.  In the past, they’ve of course labeled such cuts a sign of Seriousness but his budget caught them off balance.  And yes, that’s very weird because he’s had the Medicare cuts in earlier budgets and the Social Security cut (chained CPI)… Read more

Another Day, Another Budget…

April 10th, 2013

Up early, amply caffeinated, and already mixed it up with Joe Kernan on CNBC on the President’s budget due out later today, though details are trickling out. Here are the White House’s bullets: –Creates jobs by responsibly paying for investments in education, manufacturing, clean energy, infrastructure, and small business. –Includes $1.8 trillion of additional deficit… Read more

Vision vs. Strategy

April 9th, 2013

A bit of fiscal filosophy before running up to NYC for meetings and TV tomorrow. Rep Paul Ryan has described his budget as a “vision document.”  A very dark vision, IMHO.  But OK, I can see where instead of a more pragmatic set of ideas that might see the light of day, he’s laying out… Read more