Uncertain Healthcare Exemptions to Broken Promises of the ACA
Affordable Care Act / Healthcare / Medicaid / Medicaid Expansion / Politics

Uncertain Healthcare Exemptions to Broken Promises of the ACA

It has been a week of whirlwind, frustrations, and disappointments for the Affordable Care Act (ACA). To better describe it in the words of Senator Max Baucus (D-MO.), “I just see a huge train wreck coming down.” First of all, there has been speculation that lawmakers and Capitol Hill aids could be exempt from entering … Continue reading

What’s Driving Growth in Spending on Means-Tested Programs
Fiscal policy

What’s Driving Growth in Spending on Means-Tested Programs

Last week, the Congressional Budget Office released an interesting infographic depicting the growth since 1972 in spending on federal means-tested programs and tax credits, such as Medicaid, the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as the Food Stamp program). The expansion of such programs has been staggering: … Continue reading

Social Security: A Little Reform Today Might Solve a Big Problem Tomorrow
Debt / Economy / Fiscal policy / Taxes

Social Security: A Little Reform Today Might Solve a Big Problem Tomorrow

The CBO’s budget and economic outlook, released last week, looks bleak. And one of the drivers of future budget shortfalls? Social Security. During the Feb. 13th house budget hearing on CBO’s outlook, Rep. John Campbell (CA) asked Doug Elmendorf – CBO Director – if we were in a pickle with regards to the U.S. budget. … Continue reading

Medicaid Expansion: The Bigger Picture
Healthcare

Medicaid Expansion: The Bigger Picture

With 63 million enrollees, Medicaid provides coverage to low-income families, individuals with disabilities, and elderly individuals on Medicare who need assistance with cost sharing or services not covered under Medicare (dual eligibles).  In 2009, the Medicaid program dished out $346 billion on health care services, or $5492 per enrollee (obviously spending varies per person depending … Continue reading

America / Culture / Politics

DNC 2012: The “Things You Shouldn’t Say Out Loud” Department

Watching the Democratic National Convention, I’ve been struck by one overarching thought: whatever you believe about the issues discussed, many of them are not things that should be said out loud, at least if you’re trying to attract votes. It’s obvious that the Democratic Party has taken this opportunity to speak to their base.  The … Continue reading