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    Medicare’s Low Administrative Costs Strike Again

    As we’ve documented before, one of the left’s favorite arguments when pushing for single-payer health care is that, Medicare (a single-payer system) spends a lot less on administrative costs than private insurance does. And it is true: Medicare does spend a lot less on oversight of their many payments. But … More

    Grading the Lawmakers’ Entitlement Reform Proposals

    Kudos to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Last month the paper asked each member of Wisconsin’s congressional delegation to explain how he or she would solve the long-term Social Security and Medicare funding shortfall. Their responses claimed two and a half pages of editorial space in the July 13 issue. It’s … More

    The Real Record Breakers Are Coming

    Yesterday the White House updated its budget estimates by releasing the annual “Midsession Review.” Media reports have focused on the projected budget deficits of $389 billion this year and $482 billion in 2009. As always, larger truths have been left out: Reports calling next year’s projected budget deficit of $482 … More

    Stark's Remarks on Taxes Revealing in Ways He May Not Intend

    In a body known for intemperate remarks and fabricated figures, Rep. Pete Stark (D-Calif.) put in a worthy nominee for top honors in 2008 recently when he said: … the unfunded cost of the McCain-Bush tax cuts is more than $100 trillion. So if you weren’t giving away all of … More

    Morning Bell: More Evasions on Medicare

    Earlier this month, Anheuser-Busch was bought by the Belgian brewer InBev for $50.3 billion. As symbolic as the purchase was for American beer drinkers, the deal will have an even bigger impact on Belgium’s economy. A gross domestic product (GDP) of $378.9 billion makes Belgium the 28th-largest economy in the world. Now … More

    The Heads in the Sand Coalition Strikes Again

    Already Medicare expenditures account for 3.2 percent of gross domestic product (GDP). Medicare Part A – the part of Medicare that pays hospital bills – is already spending more in benefits than it gets in revenues and is projected to grow by 7.4 percent on average over the next 10 … More

    Profiles in Courage: Medicare Vote Reveals Principled Lawmakers

    This week’s debate over the Medicare bill (H.R. 6331) ranks as the biggest battle over health care policy since last year’s bitter debate over the reauthorization of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). President Bush, vowing to oppose any bill that would curtail the personal choices or benefit options … More

    Vetoing Congress's Medicare Mess

    If the government controls the entire health care system, the recent congressional debate over Medicare is a tart foretaste of what Americans can expect. Last week the Senate passed the Medicare Improvement for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (H.R. 6331) just weeks after the House passed the same bill … More

    Medicare's Low Administrative Costs Strike Again

    One of the major points liberals deploy when arguing for socialized medicine is how much government run health care will save Americans in administrative costs. And it is true: Medicare does not spend nearly as much on oversight of their programs as private insurance does managing their claims. But then … More

    Better Conservatives Needed

    The Left is winning the big health care policy victories with the help of rank and file GOP members and their feckless Republican Leadership in Congress. The latest example is the enactment of H.R.6331, The Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act. In spite of threatened Presidential veto, the bill … More