Originally published on Wed November 14, 2012 7:12 pm
A liberal think-tank closely allied with the Obama administration is proposing a health care spending plan it says could save hundreds of billions of dollars in entitlement spending without hurting middle- and low-income patients.
Originally published on Thu November 8, 2012 9:17 am
In the U.S. today, there are 23 elderly people for every 100 working-age people. That ratio has been rising for decades — and it's projected to nearly double by 2060.
This is a problem. Working-age Americans pay for programs like Medicare that support the elderly. So the more that ratio rises, the heavier the burden is for working Americans.
The problem is not unique to the U.S. In fact, it's a much bigger problem for many other developed countries.
RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:
Let's hear two strong points of view on last night's election.
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Jonathan Chait is a liberal columnist for New York magazine. Welcome back to the program.
JONATHAN CHAIT: Thank you.
MONTAGNE: And Jonah Goldberg is a conservative columnist and editor-at-large for National Review Online. Welcome to the show.
JONAH GOLDBERG: Hey, thanks for having me.
Originally published on Fri November 2, 2012 8:19 pm
Health care in general — and Medicare, in particular — have been big parts of this year's presidential campaign.
But over the last couple of weeks, Republican Mitt Romney has been making a new claim that doesn't quite clear the accuracy bar.
It has to do with $716 billion in Medicare reductions over 10 years included in the federal health law, the Affordable Care Act. And it's become a standard part of Romney's stump speech.