Mitt Romney's selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate means the team has to play defense on Ryan's past Medicare reform proposals. It's doing that by trying to get in the front foot.
Obama speech outlined many ideas that are popular and have commanded bipartisan support in the past. But the words 'stimulus' and 'spending' are unpopular, notes at least one expert.
Medicare price increases could wipe out any gain from a Social Security cost-of-living-adjustment next year for three-quarters of Medicare beneficiaries, estimates AARP.
Republicans in the Wisconsin Senate vote to strip key public-sector unions of collective bargaining rights, despite the fact that no Democrats were present. The vote is a bid to protect core budget cuts to public-employee benefits, Republicans say. But is that necessary?
Social Security freeze means recipients won't get a cost-of-living adjustment for the second year in a row. But House Speaker Pelosi is pushing for a $250 payment.
Social Security recipients will go a second year without any increase in benefits. This year was the first without an increase since automatic adjustments for inflation started in 1975.
With no COLA adjustment this year, the Obama administration is right to give seniors a $250 boost.
Elected officials seem eager to raise Social Security payments for seniors, even though inflation has been flat. It could lead to larger costs in the future, some analysts warn.