Of course, four points isn’t that much of a lead, but it somewhat undercuts the argument for halting polls there. However, the more interesting result in the poll is that 37% of likely voters haven’t yet formed an opinion on Paul Ryan, further upping the stakes for tomorrow’s vice presidential debate. Also, on the question of who Floridians trust to strengthen Medicare, Obama leads by 14 points.
» The biggest takedown of its kind: Today, raids took place in Miami, Tampa, Chicago, Baton Rouge, Detroit, Houston and Los Angeles as part of a three-year ongoing crackdown on Medicare fraud, according to an announcement by Attorney General Eric Holder and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Wednesday. The frauds included ”every kind of scheme you can think of,” according to one source on the matter.
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Medicare Means-testing on the way? President Obama is eying this common Republican policy idea as a means to a big debt limit deal. As the White House was careful to point out, for the benefit of a liberal base dim on imposing costs on low-income recipients, the Affordable Care Act has already resulted in slightly higher premiums for couples earning over $170,000, or singles earning $85,000 — his ideal would be to raise these further, to “modestly higher premiums.” The question is, would it work? The GOP has been abandoning their own policy proposals when Obama gives them a thumbs up since the health care debate; modest as this is, and we don’t see why that would change. source
We are very willing to entertain savings in Medicare. Medicare gives very good health care very inefficiently.New York Senator Chuck Schumer • Indicating he and his Democratic colleagues are open to “savings in Medicare,” which implies a desire to reduce Medicare spending. This has a lot of people nervous, with overlapping constituencies at play — hospitals get a ton of revenue through these programs, meaning there’s the big lobbyist angle, as well as the everyday citizen who’s getting older and is fearful about Medicare’s uncertainty. What Schumer says is absolutely correct; Medicare is a massively popular program that provides high-quality health care at a very high cost. The question people have when Medicare reform starts getting discussed, though, is whether actual progress on things like efficiency and fraud prevention will occur, or whether they’ll be hit with a benefit cut followed by more of the status-quo. With reports out that the White House is negotiating big Medicare cuts on the debt limit deal, such fears seem understandable. source (via • follow)