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The Brian Lehrer Show

30 Issues Follow Up: Budget Games

Friday, September 28, 2012

Open phones for people under 40 years old:  How worried are you about Medicare and Social Security being there for you when the time comes? How would you fix it?  Call 212-433-WNYC, 212-433-9692.

Plus, Dave Rejeski, director of the Science and Technology Innovation Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, explains the video game, Budget Hero, and what it illuminates about the federal budgeting process.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

30 Issues Data: Your Thoughts on Social Security and Medicare

Monday, September 24, 2012

As part of the Brian Lehrer Show's 30 Issues in 30 Days series, the WNYC Data News team is designing interactive visualizations, tools and graphics to illuminate the data behind the issues. Join the full conversation on Social Security and Medicare here.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

30 Issues: Getting Real On Medicare and Social Security

Monday, September 24, 2012

30 Issues in 30 Days is our election year series on the important issues facing the country this election year. Today: The current state of Medicare and Social Security, and how they might change. Visit the 30 Issue home page for all the conversations.

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: Both Parties Prefer Fairy Tales to Truth on Economy

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Ideology is a dangerous thing. Both parties would rather tell fictions about the economy than deal with real, imminent problems.

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Opinion: In Iowa, Campaigns Tailor Messages for Swing Voters

Monday, September 10, 2012

Now that the conventions are over, both campaigns will pivot to the swing states where they still need to make the case to crucial undecided voters. In my home state of Iowa, the campaigns are turning up the heat over every eligible pocket of the state.

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The Takeaway

The Medicare Debate Gets Personal

Monday, August 20, 2012

Even before Paul Ryan was announced as Mitt Romney’s running mate, Medicare was a contentious topic. But with Ryan’s proposed budget reform, it’s coming to dominate the campaign debate. Now, just like everything else in the race, it's getting personal. 

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

A contentious running mate

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

A contentious running mate

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The Takeaway

Ryan's Medicare Rhetoric Could Hurt in Florida

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Experts are saying Paul Ryan is a perfect fit for Iowa. He's Catholic, conservative, and Midwestern. Florida, though, could be another matter. In a state where Medicare cuts are a "third rail issue," Mitt Romney set out on several campaign stops yesterday, conspicuously, by himself.

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It's A Free Country ®

Ryan Lizza on What Makes Paul Ryan Tick

Monday, August 13, 2012

The death of Paul Ryan's father had a profound impact on the Congressman's politics, which emphasize individualism over collectivism.

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It's A Free Country ®

What Ryan's Prescription on Healthcare Could Mean for New Yorkers

Monday, August 13, 2012

In choosing Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate, Mitt Romney is putting the fate of much of the American healthcare system at the top of this year's political agenda. In the New York metro area, where healthcare is a dominant industry and an expensive proposition for consumers and taxpayers, whichever policy prevails will be uniquely felt.

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Opinion: Without Government, the Private Sector Would Shrivel

Monday, June 11, 2012

There are huge chunks of the American economy that would also shrink and die off without public spending.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Your Insurance Is Costing More

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Nina Bernstein, health care reporter for The New York Times, discusses her reporting on how the largest health insurers in the country have been calculating the price of care based on Medicare rates - a calculation which pushes prices up.

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WNYC News

Feds Dock Beth Israel $13M for 'Turbocharging' Medicare

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Beth Israel Hospital will pay the federal government $13 million for fraudulently inflating bills to Medicare, in a settlement that provides a rare glimpse into financial decision-making among hospital executives.

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The Takeaway

President Obama Sends 2013 Budget to Congress

Monday, February 13, 2012

Monday morning, President Obama sends Congress his 2013 budget plan. The president’s budget includes stimulus-style spending increases on highway construction projects, schools, and other public works. It also includes increased taxes for wealthy Americans and corporations. What it doesn’t include are significant cuts, and the president already getting push-back from Republicans about his plan. They say it avoids making needed sacrifices and that it doesn’t do enough to curb the deficit or keep the rapid growth of benefit programs like Medicare in check.

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Opinion: Where Are the Liberals? Here, Here, and Here

Friday, January 13, 2012

Earlier this week, New York Times columnist David Brooks asked, "Where are the liberals?" The short answer is that they are everywhere—pushing solutions, envisioning a stronger America and building a movement.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Medicare Fixes

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Trudy Lieberman, contributing editor to the Columbia Journalism Review and past president of the Association of Health Care Journalists, talks about how changes to Medicare are affecting doctors and patients.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Medicare Open Enrollment

Monday, December 05, 2011

Senior program editor and online columnist at Consumer Reports, Nancy Metcalf, offers advice to procrastinators who are looking to take advantage of Medicare's open enrollment, which ends on Wednesday, 12/7.

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It's A Free Country ®

Paul Krugman: Super Committee Failure is a Good Thing

Monday, November 28, 2011

Welcome to Politics Bites, where every afternoon at It's A Free Country, we bring you the unmissable quotes from the morning's political conversations on WNYC. Today on the Brian Lehrer Show, Paul Krugman reviewed the failure of the Super Committee to reach a deal, the ongoing crisis in Europe and the future of the euro, and more from the world of politics and economics.

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Paul Krugman: Super Committee Failure is a Good Thing

Monday, November 28, 2011

Recap from It's A Free Country

Paul Krugman says we need to leave Social Security and Medicare alone, raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans, and get over our fear of government spending—which is why he's happy that the deficit reduction super committee didn't make a deal.

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Super Committee Struggles: What $1.2 Trillion in Cuts Looks Like

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Should the deficit reduction super committee fail to cut at least $1.2 trillion in spending, a trigger will do it for them, taking an axe to defense spending while largely sparing entitlement programs.

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