Wednesday, November 02, 2011
The Joint Deficit Reduction "Super Committee," put in charge with finding $4 trillion to cut from the deficit, held their fifth public meeting on Tuesday. But the fate of the Super Committee remains unclear as it is unlikely they will come to consensus any time soon. Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, says the hearing was both a pep talk to the committee but also partly a threat. There is a lot riding on them to succeed and a lot of heads could roll if they fail.
Monday, September 19, 2011
—David Leonhardt, Washington bureau chief for the New York Times, on The Brian Lehrer Show
Friday, August 26, 2011
The Democrat's national congressional committee is hitting Republican Bob Turner on his comments to the the New York Post editorial board today. As we reported earlier this week, Turner's position on Federal spending and entitlement programs were at odds with one another. But, according to the Post, Turner is indicating cutting a third of the Federal budget could include future changes to Social Security and Medicare:
Turner pledged to push the federal government to rein in the deficit even if that means touching the “third rail” of politics -- cutting spending on entitlement programs such as Medicare and Social Security that have strong and active political constituencies.
Turner said he would protect people 55 and older by exempting them from an overhaul of the two federal entitlement programs.
Asked if the eligibility age should be raised for people under 55, Turner said, “That’s one of the easy ones.”
He said an increase in Medicare co-payments also has to be considered.
DCCC is claiming this shows Turner is flip-flopping on this issue.
“Bob Turner is just admitting what we already knew – his plan is to cut Medicare and Social Security, forcing seniors to pay more for their health care while protecting tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires,” said Josh Schwerin, a DCCC spokesperson said in a statement. “Earlier this week, Bob Turner left Ground Zero volunteers out in the cold, and now he wants to do the same to seniors. New Yorkers simply can’t afford Bob Turner’s extremist Tea Party policies.”
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
But do their claims hold water?
Over the course of the rowdy hour-and-a-half long debate in Queens on Monday, Republican Bob Turner and Democrat David Weprin were asked what scared them most about their opponents.
Weprin began, “I’m very scared of his Tea Party philosophy and his…” The chorus of boos forced him to stop. He continued, “I’m sorry you’re having trouble with the truth. ‘Cut, cut, cut—cut the budget 35 percent and not consider any taxes’…” He was interrupted again by someone shouting, “Stop the spending” to a round of cheers. “And I’m scared of those extreme views even by some of his supporters in the audience.”
“Mr. Weprin is tainted by a long career in politics,” Turner said when he took the mike, silence punctuating his pause between sentences. “He’s part of the system. And that’s why he has got to go.”
With just a few weeks before the election to decide who will succeed Anthony Weiner as the congressman from the 9th Congressional District, the candidates have been going head-to-head in debates this week. A televised debate was taped yesterday, and another live debate was scheduled in the district last night.
Even before the debate, both sides have painted each other as caricatures. One the Obama-loving corrupt career politician who leaves a trail of questionable ethics behind him as he clambers for higher office. The other an obstructionist, dangerous Tea Partier bent on destroying the social safety net that so many in the district count on. In truth, they’re not so much running against each other as test driving the 2012 arguments their respective parties hope will carry them to the White House and into control of Congress.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
By Karen DeWitt : NYS Public Radio/WXXI
Albany, NY —
President Barack Obama and Congress do not agree on a way to increase the federal debt ceiling, the default could affect New York State in a number of ways — from a weakened state pension fund to significant gaps in the state budget, the state's comptroller warned.
Friday, July 22, 2011
As Capitol Hill approaches a deal on the debt ceiling an economist says there’s a simple way for Americans to help erase the country’s debt: work for extra decade beyond the current retirement age of 65. Pippa Malmgren, who was financial market advisor to George W. Bush from 2001-2002, told The Takeaway on Thursday that "the bottom line" is that the U.S. "can fix our problems pretty easily, everybody just has to work ten years longer."
Monday, July 11, 2011
President Obama will resume talks today with top House and Senate leaders, in an attempt to reach an agreement over deficit reduction. Obama met with leaders from both parties for an hour and fifteen minutes last night, but little progress was made. The president continues to vie for a bold package that would require new taxes and entitlement cuts, while Republicans insist on a more modest plan and oppose tax increases. They're aiming to reach an agreement by August 2.
Friday, July 08, 2011
— Carrie Budoff Brown, Staff Writer for Politico, on The Brian Lehrer Show.
Friday, July 08, 2011
By Justin Krebs : IAFC Blogger
To get Republicans to stay at the table and raise the debt ceiling, President Obama has been goaded into expanding the discussion beyond the threat of an American default into a conversation about entitlement programs. So he offered what Republicans had just been shellacked for suggesting: cuts to Medicare and Medicaid.
Then he upped the ante and did what President Bush was roundly rebuked for attempting in 2005: he added Social Security reform to the mix.
—Justin Krebs, It's A Free Country blogger
Friday, July 08, 2011
Thursday, June 30, 2011
The Obama administration cancelled its "mystery shopper" plans in which it would send researches into the market to test access to primary health care for Medicare and Medicaid patients. We'll take calls from patients and doctors for our own unofficial survey. Are you on Medicare and Medicaid? Have you recently looked for a primary physician? Tell us your story!
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Frederick R. Lynch, professor of government at Claremont McKenna College, talks about his new book, One Nation Under AARP: The Fight Over Medicare, Social Security, and America's Future.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
By Alec Hamilton : Assistant Producer, WNYC News
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
—Susan Page, Washington bureau chief for USA Today, on The Brian Lehrer Show
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called a vote on Representative Paul Ryan's Medicare plan Wednesday, forcing lawmakers to take sides on what has become a defining issue for the 2012 campaign. The vote comes one day after Democrat Kathy Hochul's upset victory in New York's heavily Republican 26th Congressional District. The vote was seen as a chance to test the air on Medicare reform, and Hochul's victory made one thing clear: the winds have changed. Jennifer Steinhauer, congressional correspondent for The New York Times, says that with an election year on the horizon, Democrats are using the opportunity to puff up their sails — while some Republicans are scrambling to change tack.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
By Steffen Schmidt : IAFC Blogger
-Steffen Schmidt , on the power that the Iowa Caucuses hold.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Right now we don't have an incentive that is based appropriately in the consumer world. There are no incentives to bring those costs under control, and yet we are faced with a situation in which those restraints will be forced upon the public through mechanisms like [the Affordable Care Act].
Thursday, April 14, 2011
To those people paying the bill, those people under 55, we say, 'You don't get Medicare. You get something less generous, but we don't have any choice.' I think it's deeply unfair to make that big divide and say, 'I've got this great plan, it's really great, it won't harm you, it will save vast amounts of money—but don't worry: so long as you're 55, you won't have to be any part of it.'
— David Leonhardt, writer of the "Economic Scene" column for the New York Times, discussing Paul Ryan's budget on The Brian Lehrer Show.