Today in Medicare

Here are the top Medicare Stories Trending in the U.S. today, March 14, 2017:

Senate confirms Trump pick to head Medicare and Medicaid

BY RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR:  President Donald Trump’s pick to run Medicare and Medicaid won confirmation Monday from a divided Senate as lawmakers braced for another epic battle over the government’s role in health care and society’s responsibility toward the vulnerable.

Remember those Medicare ‘cuts’ Republicans deemed outrageous?

BY STEVE BENEN: Paul Ryan’s speech at the Republican National Convention in 2012, when the Wisconsin congressman was his party’s vice presidential nominee, was one of the most dishonest displays of political rhetoric I’ve ever seen.

Why GOP health plan is immoral

OPINION:BY JONATHAN TASINI: I have referred to the Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act as the “Make America Sick Again” bill. The numbers from the Congressional Budget Office make that an apt description. According to the CBO, 24 million more Americans could be uninsured by 2026 under the House Republican bill than under Obamacare.

We Must Demand Medicare For All

BY LAUREL AVERY: Republicare, (or what some are calling DonTCare), the proposed program to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare), is essentially a gift to the insurance and pharmaceutical industries; and it’s about to kill an estimated 44,000 people a year. Nearly 30 million Americans will lose their coverage by 2019 if the ACA is repealed.

Republican Health Plan: Good for the Budget, Bad for the Poor and Elderly

BY ROB GARVER: On the positive side of the ledger, the plan would save the government $337 billion over the 10-year budget window, and would not send the healthcare marketplace into a death spiral of escalating premiums. On the downside, by the end of the 10-year window, there would be 24 million fewer Americans with health care than there would be under the current law, and many of those between 50 and 64 would be paying much, much more for it.

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