Health Care

The Definitive Guide to the Medicare Debate
August 22, 2012

My best effort to cut through the Romney-Ryan doublespeak on Medicare and explain what they really want.

Lo and Behold, a New Romney-Ryan Distortion on Medicare
August 19, 2012

Romney-Ryan might have an easier time attacking Obama Medicare cuts if their own weren't even bigger

How Romney, Ryan, and the Republicans Fell in Love With a Big Government Program
August 17, 2012

Republicans are outraged that Obama would take away seniors' big government program. Wait, what?

Who’s Raiding Medicare? Hint: It’s Not Obama.
August 15, 2012

"Obama raided Medicare" attacks are making my head explode: Romney-Ryan are the ones proposing to take away senior benefits.

How Reporters Are Letting Romney Get Away With His Plan to Massively Cut Medicare
August 14, 2012

Forget what you've heard. Romney would almost certainly cut Medicare by more than Obama has or would. And it might be a *lot* more.

Mitt Romney's Astoundingly Cynical Medicare Strategy
August 12, 2012

Romney and Ryan defend themselves by attacking Obamacare's Medicare cuts. Just one problem: Romney and Ryan endorsed those cuts, too.

UPDATED: Six Things to Know About Ryan (and Romney)
August 11, 2012

The Ryan pick confirms that Romney is committed to a radical conservative agenda—depriving millions of health insurance, decimating basic government s

The Steelworker's Wife—and What Might Have Been
August 09, 2012

The controversial ad about Bain Capital, a former steelworker, and his uninsured wife deserves some of the criticism it's received. The ad implies something its supporters cannot prove and raises one argument that its supporters may not believe.  But let's focus, one more time, on the broader policy question about health care, because that’s what should matter when Americans vote in November. In particular, let’s assume that Joe Soptic’s wife could have turned to the Affordable Care Act, the law that Obama signed and that Romney has pledged to repeal.

In (Partial) Defense of a (Supposedly) Indefensible Ad
August 08, 2012

It's one of those days when the news cycle is moving faster than I can write about it. As of Wednesday afternoon, the chatter online is all about the Romney campaign's unexpected decision to cite his Massachusetts health reforms as proof that he cares about average Americans facing financial hardship. The decision is unexpected because Romney has spent the past two years vowing to repeal the Affordable Care Act, whose scheme for expanding insurance coverage is basically a national version of what Romney did in Massachusetts.

Romney: I Love Socialized Medicine
July 30, 2012

Conservatives have spent a lot of time accusing President Obama of trying to bring socialized medicine to America. It’s a grossly misleading charge: For better or for worse, the Affordable Care Act relies heavily on private insurance and involves far laxer regulation than most universal coverage schemes. No, if you want to see a system with truly socialistic characteristics, you have to look elsewhere. Israel, for example. And guess who just praised that system?