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.
April 13, 2011 The health program for the elderly already costs a lot, and it's going to cost so much more down the road that Medicare is becoming a key part of the debate about how to tame federal spending. President Obama is expected to show his hand on Medicare changes today.
April 6, 2011 As entitlement programs with recurring sources of funds, Medicare and Medicaid would not be directly affected by a federal government shutdown. But a furlough of federal workers could hurt some program operations, if a shutdown dragged on.
April 5, 2011 In an alternative to the administration's proposed budget, Republicans make their case for dramatic changes to Medicare and Medicaid. The GOP says the changes would save money. Democrats argue the cuts would go too far.
April 4, 2011 In a plan to trim federal spending, Republicans would shift Medicare coverage to private companies. The proposal, which would apply to people under 55, would also transfer financial risks from the government to individuals.
March 29, 2011 Postponing Medicare eligibility by a couple of years could save the federal government billions of dollars. But the savings would be overshadowed by increased costs of health care for employers, individuals and other programs.
March 2, 2011 A raft of studies have come out recently purporting to say how much the health overhaul will cost states. And they reach dramatically different conclusions on the subject.