August 11, 2011 Is the debt debate turning "entitlements" into a derogatory term, making it easy to take away people's benefits? We ask, "So what are entitlements anyway?"
August 2, 2011 The problem for health care providers – and, potentially, patients – is that a "supercommittee" of 12 members of Congress is charged with coming up with $1.5 trillion in deficit reduction in a very short period of time. Likely near the top of the list to get trimmed will be payments to doctors, hospitals and other health care providers.
July 28, 2011 The Affordable Care Act will boost the number of people with health insurance by about 30 million over the next decade, while health costs overall will rise by one-tenth of a percentage point more than they would have if the law hadn't passed.
May 25, 2011 The morning after Republicans lost a long-safe congressional seat in New York, partly from anger over GOP proposals to remake Medicare and Medicaid, the plan's author came out swinging. He accused Democrats of "demagoguing." A White House aide said Democrats were actually "explaining."
May 11, 2011 About 14 percent of elderly nursing homes residents receive a so-called atypical antipsychotic medicine despite an increased risk of death when the medicines are used to manage dementia in older people.
May 5, 2011 Where do House Republicans stand when it comes to Medicare cuts as formal negotiations on cutting the deficit begin? They're not ready to show their cards just yet.
April 28, 2011 Overcrowding in emergency rooms isn't caused by people who don't have insurance — it's caused by people who do, but still can't find a doctor to treat them. And doctors say there is not nearly enough attention paid to emergency departments in the new health care law.
April 27, 2011 Public opinion on Medicare seems to depend on how much people are told about the various proposals on the table, according to a study by the polling team at the Kaiser Family Foundation.
April 15, 2011 Unlike a day earlier, the House GOP kept party unity, almost all voting for Ryan's budget bill.
April 13, 2011 President Obama laid out a plan for future fiscal policy that would reduce the costs of Medicare rather than transform the program. The proposal would wring savings from spending on pharmaceuticals and encourage the use of generic drugs.