I have been meaning to write about the important court order overturning Medicare’s longstanding ‘improve or you’re out’ (of Medicare financed SNF and/or home health) policy for rehabilitation services. Basically, beneficiaries who had plateaued and could at best maintain function could not receive rehab services under these parts of the Medicare benefit package. Medicare has [...]
Posts Tagged ‘Medicare’
Pardon the most boring title in the history of RBC.
WSJ has a debate on raising the Medicare age featuring Maya MacGuineas (yes) and Aaron Carroll (no). I think Aaron is correct that it is a bad idea in policy terms (and truly dreadful if the ACA is repealed), but I also believe it is virtually inevitable that we will raise the Medicare age as [...]
Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are pursuing an internally contradictory sales pitch, which includes loud general calls for “adult conversation” about entitlement reform, coupled with demagoguery over the very idea of Medicare provider cuts in Obamacare. Republicans’ elaborate effort to combine two things that really don’t mix calls to mind that classic SNL commercial for a combination [...]
(cross posted at freeforall) The 2012 Medicare Trustees report is out (h/t @sarahkliff), and one graph jumped out at me: the historical and projected financing components of Medicare (payroll taxes, income taxes, premiums, and the much smaller items of taxes on benefits for higher income persons and state contributions for Part D). Historically, payroll taxes [...]
Last October, Jonathan Chait described GOP arguments against health reform as logically inconsistent, but for that very reason especially politically effective. If anything, this strategy will be even more hypocritical and potent in the midterm elections.