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CBPP to Congress: You Can’t Have It Both Ways with the CBO Report

In the past several days since the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated that 24 million people would lose coverage by the end of the decade under the House Republican health plan, the Trump Administration and Republican congressional leaders seem conflicted about whether to praise or criticize CBO’s analysis, observes analysts at the Center on Budget Priorities and Policy (CBPP). At the same time, many false or misleading claims have been made, the analysts say.

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Think Tank VP Criticizes Ryan Task Force Plan to Cut Medicaid

In a new commentary, Center for Budget & Policy Priorities Vice President for Health Policy Edwin Park explains that the health task force convened by House Speak Paul Ryan (R-WI) will reportedly include a Medicaid “per capita cap” in the plan it will release next week. Such a cap would radically restructure Medicaid’s current financing system, shifting costs to states while potentially harming tens of millions of vulnerable beneficiaries -- including “dual eligible” seniors.

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In Observance of Medicare’s 50th Anniversary

On the occasion of Medicare's 50th anniversary, advocates note that Medicare and Medicaid have beccome essential elements of the nation's health care system.

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Commonwealth Fund Honcho Questions Politics of Healthcare Reform

Some supporters of the Affordable Care Act are worried they're paying a political price for health care reform. In a new blog post, Commonwealth Fund President David Blumenthal, M.D., says this political fallout should come as no surprise.

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Balancing Act: Fixing ‘Doc Pay’ and Cutting the Deficit

"Hospitals want more money in the budget, and doctors want a permanent fix to the broken Sustainable Growth Rate formula that will slash reimbursements to physicians who provide services to Medicare beneficiaries -- and neither of those 'asks' looks promising.”

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Polling Expert Offers Insight on Patriotism in 2013

Patriotism, like so many other commitments, grows with age. Overall only 45% rate themselves very patriotic, but that's 63% very patriotic among the oldest adults age 65 and older and 21% very patriotic among the youngest adults age 18-29.

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The Sandwich Generation: Boomers Feel the Squeeze

Realities of being in the Sandwich Generation create anxiety, stress and depression -- more so than in any previous generations. A mere mention of the term conjures an image of people being squished into little flat pieces by overwhelming pressures of larger than life bread slices squeezing the life energy out of some poor Baby Boomer's soul.

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No Easy Answers for Long-Term Care

Here, we focus on long-term care insurance and what considerations consumers should think about as they make plans for their future needs.

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Thanks, Mr. President, For Agreeing With Us!

Dire warnings of an eminent U.S. financial crisis have been greatly exaggerated. Just ask President Barack Obama.

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LA Times Columnist Exposes 'Lies' About Entitlement Programs

"Never mind that the very word 'entitlement' is a lie. Social Security and Medicare got that name because workers became 'entitled' to those benefits by paying into the system. In recent years, however, the term has become distorted to signify benefits people are entitled to without earning them."

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