dissident + deficit   25

A grim diagnosis for our ailing U.S. health care system - The Washington Post
Even had it succeeded, the supercommittee would have failed. Ultimately, the only way to control federal spending and deficits is to suppress the upward spiral of health costs. These are already the budget’s largest single expense (27 percent in 2010, compared with 20 percent for defense), and their continued rapid growth, combined with the scheduled introduction of Obamacare, will soon bring them to nearly one-third. The supercommittee didn’t have the time or staff to solve a problem as contentious and complex as health care.
healthcare  deficit  pharmaceutical_industry  services  United_States  health 
november 2011 by dissident
The Fatal Distraction - NYTimes.com
Friday brought two numbers that should have everyone in Washington saying, “My God, what have
Paul_Krugman  economy  employment  deficit  taxes  regulation 
september 2011 by dissident
NYT: The Value of Medicaid
The Oregon study provides striking results for its first year. The group that gained Medicaid coverage was significantly more likely to have received care from a hospital or a doctor, or to use prescription drugs, belying the notion that enrollees could not find providers. The insured group was far more likely to get preventive care, like mammograms, and to have a regular doctor.
medicaid  health_care  study  health  deficit  budget 
july 2011 by dissident
More Blame Wars than Domestic Spending or Tax Cuts for Nation’s Debt | Pew Research Center for the People and the Press
Far more Americans say that the cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan has contributed a great deal to the nation’s debt than say that about increased domestic spending or the tax cuts enacted over the past decade.
wars  deficit  tax  military  spending  poll  survey  jobs  debt 
june 2011 by dissident
The debt is not nearly as scary as you think: Government budgets are nothing like family budgets
There's a problem here. The analogy is ridiculous. Government budgets - and the U.S. budget in particular - are absolutely nothing like a household budget.
budget  deficit  debt  government  United_States  money 
april 2011 by dissident
We Spend More Than 1 Trillion on Defense -- It's Time to Take Aim at Our Military Budget | Economy | AlterNet
The United States spends about as much on defense as the rest of the world combined. Is there hope for a saner military budget?
military  budget  spending  deficit  empire  United_States 
march 2011 by dissident
Ezra Klein - Unions aren't to blame for Wisconsin's budget
Let's be clear: Whatever fiscal problems Wisconsin is -- or is not -- facing at the moment, they're not caused by labor unions. That's also true for New Jersey, for Ohio and for the other states. There was no sharp rise in collective bargaining in 2006 and 2007, no major reforms of the country's labor laws, no dramatic change in how unions organize. And yet, state budgets collapsed. Revenues plummeted. Taxes had to go up, and spending had to go down, all across the country.
Wisconsin  unions  labor  tax_cuts  Scott_Walker  protest  deficit  workers_rights 
february 2011 by dissident
Spain, hostage to the eurozone | Mark Weisbrot | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk
It was the bursting of these bubbles, and not any lax spending policies by the government, that crashed Spain's economy and caused its budget troubles. And it is Spain's subordination to the European authorities that prohibits it from using any of the three most important macroeconomic policies – fiscal, monetary and exchange rate – to get out of its slump.
Spain  Mark_Weisbrot  housing_bubble  euro  IMF  deficit 
february 2011 by dissident
New Afghan war plans could cost US taxpayers an extra $125 billion - CSMonitor.com
At the NATO summit, President Obama's push to soften troop withdrawal deadlines could bring remaining war costs to $413 billion, according to one independent analyst.
Afghanistan  war  costs  deficit  taxes 
november 2010 by dissident

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