Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) at NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C., earlier today (May 26, 2011).
May 26, 2011 One day after accusing Democrats of "Medi-scare" political tactics, the author of the Republican plan to remake Medicare and Medicaid and cut the federal debt said that so far Republicans are "negotiating with ourselves" on those key issues.
May 25, 2011 Senate Democrats brought Ryan's plan up for a vote knowing they had the votes to block it but wanting to tie Republicans to the Ryan plan in the hopes that it will prove toxic come Election Day 2012.
May 16, 2011 Chairman of the House Budget Committee, Ryan framed the argument for his Medicare plan as a way to shift the balance on who makes health care decisions away from the federal government and towards individuals.
May 16, 2011 Gingrich's statement now allows Democrats to argue that their opposition to the Ryan Medicare plan isn't reflexively liberal because no less a conservative than Gingrich agrees with them that the proposal is extreme.
May 13, 2011 Friday's news that the outlook for both the Social Security and Medicare trust funds had worsened since last year, let the Obama Administration and House Republicans declare the rightness of their approaches to shoring up the programs.
May 13, 2011 The government says that a bad economy has shortened the lives of the trust funds that support the nation's two biggest benefit programs.
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April 29, 2011 Medicare could save millions if patients with macular degeneration switch to a $50 cancer drug that's just as effective as a $2,000 drug approved for the eye disease. But it was a long haul to get the clinical trial done to prove it.
April 26, 2011 Federal aid provided a record amount of the personal income Americans received in 2010, indicating how widespread the support for such spending is and how difficult politically it will be to reduce such outlays.
April 22, 2011 The auto giant will need time to recover from the damage done in Japan by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. In other news, a U.S. drone strike killed 25 in Pakistan and a new poll shows most Americans "say Medicare is worth the cost."
April 13, 2011 In the long run, growth in the federal deficit is all about health care — particularly Medicare, which accounts for the biggest chunk of government health spending.
March 4, 2011 House Speaker Boehner's offer to stand with Obama on cutting entitlements looks like one Obama can refuse. Obama is more likely concerned with the stance of the eventual GOP presidential nominee over Boehner. Also, entitlement spending cuts are more popular with Boehner's base than Obama's.
November 17, 2010 Donald Berwick, Obama's Medicare, Medicaid chief, got a civil GOP reception. Which was a surprise since Republicans, at the time of his naming, were hostile to his naming because of positive things he said about British socialized medicine.
November 2, 2010 The time has come for seniors to pick Medicare drug plans and to consider Medicare Advantage, offered by private insurers. For Medicare Advantage, seniors need to choose carefully because a second annual enrollment period is being discontinued.
June 18, 2010 Senate Agrees To Stop Medicare Pay Cuts
November 4, 2009 On today's podcast, how Medicare pays doctors and why the current system doesn't work as well as some people think it should.
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