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Social Security: Trump’s Idea To Eliminate Payroll Tax Doesn’t Add Up

President Donald Trump’s push to cut Social Security payroll taxes for the rest of the year, and even arguing for a permanent cut, would do little to bolster the coronavirus-battered economy

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Tax Cuts, Budget Cuts, Medicare & Social Security

At the end of 2017, Congress passed $1.5 trillion in tax cuts that will reduce federal dollars available for public programs, and the White House proposed a 2019 budget that will cut $1.7 trillion from Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security disability programs, food stamps, and more.

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Retirees rattled by risk of physician Medicare cuts

By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar WASHINGTON — New momentum for a lasting fix to Medicare’s physician-payment problem shows that lawmakers may finally be recognizing what has long bothered their constituents. Year after year, the threat of 20-percent payment cuts averted at the last minute has seemed a curious way to run a program that lives depend on. […]

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GOP hits Medicaid to offset doc fee hikes

By David Espo WASHINGTON— House Republicans quietly deepened recommended budget savings from the government’s chief health care program for the poor, Medicaid, by about $140 billion in recent weeks to offset part of the cost of higher payments to doctors who treat Medicare patients, according to officials familiar with the tradeoff. The maneuver comes as […]

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GOP Senate, House differ on Medicare savings

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans are putting down a marker with their budget blueprint, one day after the House GOP unveiled a 10-year plan that boosts the military, makes deep cuts in social programs that include Medicare and targets President Barack Obama’s laws on health care and financial reforms. The companion measure contains greater cost cuts to […]

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4 keys to scrutinizing Medicare Advantage cuts

By Tom Murphy Ominous warnings about Medicare Advantage plans have sounded for more than a year now. Health insurers say federal funding cuts to these privately run versions of Medicare will force them to whack plan benefits, hike premiums or leave some geographic markets entirely as they continue to fight rising health care costs. The […]

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