James Pethokoukis

If Ryan Path is “cruel,” so is Obamacare

April 21, 2011

Economist Jim Capretta, co-author of the must-read “Why ObamaCare is Wrong for America,” writes the piece I’ve been waiting for him to write about Paul Ryan’s Medicare plan. First, a brief description of the Ryan plan:

Study: U.S. budget deficit could average $1.4 trillion a year for a decade

August 26, 2009

Change a few assumptions and those government budget forecasts start to look scary. The Concord Coalition makes a few tweaks to the Congressional Budget Office model:

The strange Republican embrace of Medicare

August 24, 2009

Chris Edwards over at the Cato Institute is also unsettled by how the GOP is endorsing the status quo with Medicare spending to score political points:

Why Medicare is a beloved fraud

August 18, 2009

First a few numbers on U.S. healthcare, courtesy of Ed Yardeni:

1) Federal spending on Medicare combined with Federal and State spending on Medicaid over the 12 months ending July totaled a record $923.5bn.