Social Security’s No-Bad-News Day

Social Security’s No-Bad-News Day

By Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times The annual trustees reports for Social Security and Medicare customarily give rise to an outburst of disinformation from the enemies of socia ...

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Medicare Finances Improve As Health Care Inflation Slows, Trustees Say

Medicare Finances Improve As Health Care Inflation Slows, Trustees Say

By David Lauter, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON -- Improvements in health care costs have extended the life of Medicare's main trust fund by four years, the annual report of ...

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WATCH: Kentucky Senate Race Gets Even More Negative

WATCH: Kentucky Senate Race Gets Even More Negative

This has been a week of negative, not entirely true ads from both parties in Kentucky's contentious Senate race. Democratic nominee Alison Lundergan Grimes released an ad on Tuesd ...

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Medicare Overpays Billions For Office Visits, Patient Evaluations

Medicare Overpays Billions For Office Visits, Patient Evaluations

by Charles Ornstein, ProPublica. Medicare spent $6.7 billion too much for office visits and other patient evaluations in 2010, according to a new report from the inspector general ...

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Affordable Care Act, Spending Cuts Slow Health Care Hiring

Affordable Care Act, Spending Cuts Slow Health Care Hiring

By Kevin G. Hall, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON -- In the dark hours of the Great Recession, it was one of the few economic bright spots. Week in, week out, the health ca ...

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Miami Man Missing Off Florida Keys, May Have Fled To Avoid Medicare Fraud Charges

Miami Man Missing Off Florida Keys, May Have Fled To Avoid Medicare Fraud Charges

By Beatrice Dupuy and Jay Weaverm, The Miami Herald MIAMI — A Miami man has vanished after a fishing trip in the Florida Keys — or possibly fled to Cuba to escape pending Medicare ...

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Cliven Bundy’s Window Into The War On The Poor

Cliven Bundy’s Window Into The War On The Poor

Republicans were quick to distance themselves from the Nevada rancher after his remarks about slavery, but he points to a deeper issue with conservative policy. It’s tempting dism ...

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LOL Of The Week: The GOP Is Closer To A ‘Death Spiral’ Than Obamacare Ever Was

LOL Of The Week: The GOP Is Closer To A ‘Death Spiral’ Than Obamacare Ever Was

While Republicans have been plotting about what to do with control of the U.S. Senate, they're trying to ignore how the debate over Obamacare has now shifted to whether the law ha ...

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Medicaid Expansion: Arkansas And Other States Cut Deals With Feds For Alternative Plans

Medicaid Expansion: Arkansas And Other States Cut Deals With Feds For Alternative Plans

By Michael Collins, The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tenn.) WASHINGTON — If Gov. Bill Haslam is searching for clues about what kind of deal Tennessee might be able to cut with the ...

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First, Do No Harm — To Your Bank Account

First, Do No Harm — To Your Bank Account

After being sued by The Wall Street Journal, the government finally released its Medicare reimbursement data last week. It included the less-than-stunning revelation that 28 of th ...

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