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Minnesota poll shows voters split on health reform, young people more supportive

As could be predicted, the split falls largely on party lines. The law has much greater support among younger voters yet less from those age 65 or older. That’s possibly because of the false impression caused by Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan, who claims it will take money away from Medicare benefits. Instead the crafters […]

September 26, 2012

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Repealing Obama’s health care law won’t be easy

FOX News – Yes, if Mitt Romney wins the White House and his Republican allies retake the Senate, he could shred most of President Barack Obama’s health care law without having to overpower a Democratic filibuster. But it won’t be as easy as some Republicans portend, and it certainly won’t be quick.

July 16, 2012

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Ryan plan could deliver crushing blow to Medicare

Robert Greenstein, President of the Center on Budget Policy and Priorities (CBPP) dubbed Ryan’s proposal “Robin Hood in reverse – on steroids. It could likely produce the largest redistribution of income from the bottom to the top in modern U.S. history.”

April 15, 2012

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10 Medicare bills you can expect to pay

Some are fairly obvious, but others are hidden amid bureaucratic small print. For instance, who knew that you pay extra when a doctor doesn’t “accept assignment” from Medicare? It’s up to the savvy consumer to be aware of all the ways medical costs can mount up even with a Medicare card in your pocket.

July 14, 2011

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How much of long-term care will Medicare cover?

The good news is that while Medicare’s role in long-term care is complicated, you can head off much of the headache that comes with the financial burden of long-term care by understanding some basic concepts.

June 14, 2011

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How Medicare made Grandpa a drug mule

How our investigative Medicare reporter/Guinea pig got caught up in the gritty world of prescription drug trafficking and why more than a million Americans look north to Canada for cheap drugs each year.

May 26, 2011

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Is Paul Ryan’s Medicare plan finished?

No major Republic presidential candidates are endorsing it and Newt Gingrich slammed it on Sunday. Is Paul Ryan’s Medicare voucher plan dead on arrival?

May 17, 2011

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Pelosi’s says she’ll put Medicare on the table, but won’t euthanize it

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says she’ll put Medicare and other entitlement programs on the table in talks about reducing the deficit, but that “abolishing Medicare is not on the table.”

May 16, 2011

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dirty little secret: Medicare is already privatized

It’s a dirty little secret that’s right out in the open: The GOP has already privatized Medicare for more than one out of four recipients. They did it back in 2003 through the Medicare Modernization Act.

May 9, 2011

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Cantor comes clean on Medicare, health reform

Cantor takes as a given that rationing of health care is our future, and he may be right. But he puts his reliance in the private sector to do that rationing rather than the government. We don’t agree. America’s private health delivery system has worked like crap for the under 65 crowd, and will be even worse in dealing with older people, who tend to need more of it.

May 5, 2011

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