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    Debate 2012: Obama's Dubious Medicare "Voucher" Claim

    President Obama made an oft-repeated claim on Medicare during Wednesday night’s presidential debate that distorts attempts to reform the program. The president accused Governor Mitt Romney of favoring a “voucher” program for Medicare, by citing, ironically, a plan previously supported by Romney’s running mate, Representative Paul Ryan. The voucher label … More

    Morning Bell: Two Liberal Whoppers on Medicare

    A debate that has been fought largely over the airwaves is about to go head-to-head. Medicare reform is a huge part of that debate, and the left—bolstered by the media—has been promoting two huge falsehoods on the issue. Several proposals from conservatives and liberals for Medicare reform, including The Heritage … More

    FACT CHECK: Obama Misleads on Medicare, Taxes, and Regulations

    During a Sunday evening interview on CBS’s “60 Minutes,” President Obama made numerous factually inaccurate or misleading claims. Specifically, Obama claimed that he has not raised Americans’ taxes, that he has not raised costs for Medicare beneficiaries, and that he has imposed fewer regulations than his predecessor. The first two … More

    Medicare Roundup 9/21: Setting the Record Straight

    In recent weeks, liberal politicians, editorialists, and policy analysts have vigorously attacked reform of Medicare based on a defined contribution financing. In fact, this approach to reforming Medicare has a long bipartisan tradition, going back to the 1980s and Representatives Richard Gephardt (D–MO) and David Stockman (R–MI). In fact, much … More

    Sebelius Misleads the Public on Medicare Advantage

    Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius has misled the American public again. HHS just announced that enrollment in Medicare Advantage (MA) is projected to increase by 11 percent next year. That’s good news. But the Secretary goes terribly wrong when she credits the increase to Obamacare, stating, … More

    Medicare Roundup 9/17: Setting the Record Straight

    In recent weeks, liberal politicians, editorialists, and policy analysts have vigorously attacked reforming Medicare based on defined-contribution financing. In fact, this approach to reforming Medicare has a long bipartisan tradition, going back to the 1980s and Representatives Richard Gephardt (D–MO) and David Stockman (R–MI). In fact, much of this criticism … More

    Morning Bell: How Obamacare Robs Medicare and Hurts Seniors

    The rhetorical Medicare wars have heated up this week, after President Obama declared in his Saturday radio address that his proposed reforms “won’t touch your guaranteed Medicare benefits. Not by a single dime.” This is incorrect. Obamacare cuts $716 billion from Medicare over the next 10 years, according to the … More

    Debunking Medicare Reform Myths

    In a recent paper, Heritage expert Bob Moffit responds to the critics of the premium-support model for Medicare. This type of reform would give seniors a defined government contribution toward the cost of a Medicare plan of their choice. All plans would compete against each other to deliver market-based prices … More

    Side Effects: The $8.35 Billion Attempt to Fool Seniors

    A new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) shows that a demonstration program created by the Obama Administration in Medicare Advantage (MA) is primarily designed to “demonstrate” how to hide politically unpopular parts of Obamacare. The Quality Bonus Payment demonstration program will take place from 2012 to 2014 and … More

    Medicare Advantage Is Living Up to Its Name

    The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) recently released a report that reviewed 10 Medicare demonstrations designed with the intention of reducing spending and improving quality of care. Unfortunately, the demonstrations did not produce the desired results. The CBO report concluded, “The results of the demonstrations illustrate the challenges of developing, implementing, … More