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Trump Cuts Medicare, and Democrats Think They Have an Issue

The budget unveiled Monday by President Trump, which will never pass Congress, surely does provide cuts to Medicare, despite the White House protestations that it doesn’t. It goes after “waste, fraud and abuse” in Medicare, which inevitably will scoop up some actual needed spending. And it cuts hospital payments, which means services will be curtailed or simply made worse. And it does seem to break

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What the Heck, Huck?

Gov. Mike Huckabee has seized the no-changes-to-entitlements mantle from among the Republican wannabes and he’s set to run on it, aligning himself with people like Elizabeth Warren. Politically, this is not such a dumb idea. There are a lot of seniors, including conservatives, who are understandably worried about their potential lack of gold to fund their Golden Years and fear changes to Medicare and Social

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Obama Debt: Over 8 Percent of $1 Quadrillion

The longterm U.S. debt under President Obama’s latest spending plan is far worse than his budget suggests, reaching a total of about $84 trillion – that is, 8.4 percent of a quadrillion dollars, or $0.084 quadrillion. Yes, it’s time to start using the quadrillion number, because with trillions getting added to the debt at an accelerating pace, the numbers are starting to become meaningless again

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Obama Was Against Demonizing Ryan Before He Was For It

President Obama once counseled against the very attacks his campaign is launching against Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan’s Medicare plan, saying during a January 2010 appearance that politicians shouldn’t demonize proposals by charging they would harm seniors: We’re not going to be able to do anything about any of these entitlements if what we do is characterize whatever proposals are put out there as, “Well, you

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Obamacare Raids Medicare and Makes Off With $716 Billion

Obamacare would snatch $716 billion from Medicare to pay for its expensive outlays, an startling increase of nearly $200 billion from the original estimate of the law’s impact, according to an analysis by the independent Congressional Budget Office . The new numbers create a potential political hazard for President Obama, who desperately needs the votes of Medicare beneficiaries in senior-rich swing states like Florida and Pennsylvania.

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Public Supports Entitlement Overhaul, but Not Cuts

Updated 4:09 pm With Social Security and Medicare reform apparently in the debt ceiling talks mix, the Pew Research Center has just released a poll showing that the public indeed supports major changes to the programs – but not cuts in benefits. This is approximately like saying you want to lose weight, but on the Kentucky Fried Chicken diet designed by Col. Sanders. According to

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Obama Administration Begins Death Panels

There are, in Washington, THE THINGS EVERYBODY KNOWS. EVERYBODY KNOWS,  for example, that the Tea Partiers are a bunch of right wing boobs. You cannot, in polite conversation in the nation’s capital, say something like, “Wow, that was a really good idea those Tea Party people had.” You will be laughed right out of the room. Washingtonians did not have their parents pay for elite

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Obama Suggests Medicare Benefits Will be Cut

Did Obama just say we’re going to have to start cutting Medicare benefits? And just as the campaign season is ramping up? During an event at someone’s home in Columbus, Ohio today, the president was busy knocking softballs out of the park – “Hi President Obama . . .  thank you for doing such a wonderful job” – when suddenly someone who runs an ophthalmology

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