More Entitlements Articles

  • Candidate goes homeless to show economic gap

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Republican candidate for California governor said Thursday he spent a week living as a homeless person in Fresno to highlight the disparity between the governor's claim that the state is making an economic comeback and the reality faced by the working poor in the...

  • First lady expands effort to end vet homelessness

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama said the statistic that the U.S. has more than 58,000 homeless veterans is "a stain on the soul of this nation," as the federal government expands its initiative to provide stable and affordable housing for service members. The first lady announced Thursday...

  • US jobless aid applications rise to 302,000

    WASHINGTON (AP) — More people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, but jobless claims remain at pre-recession levels. Weekly applications for unemployment aid rose 23,000 to a seasonally adjusted 302,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The prior week's claims were revised down to...

  • Michigan inmates may get costly hepatitis C drug

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A new hepatitis C treatment that costs $1,000 pill is expected to be available to Michigan inmates. The Detroit News reports (http://bit.ly/1xDUFwj ) the Michigan Department of Corrections 2015 budget, which takes effect Oct. 1, includes $4.4 million for the drug, which...

  • Illinois Medicaid restricts use of hepatitis drug

    CHICAGO (AP) — Facing ballooning costs for a $1,000 pill to treat hepatitis C, Illinois' Medicaid program is putting tight restrictions in place, including requiring patients to meet 25 criteria and get prior approval before the government program will pay for the new drug. After spending an...

  • NY to appeal federal Medicaid claim for $1.25B

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The New York Health Department says it will appeal a federal claim for the return of more than $1.25 billion in Medicaid funds, saying federal authorities previously approved that funding and the claw back could hurt the state's health care system. The Centers for Medicare...

  • Despite good news, benefit programs face problems

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite some good news, Medicare and Social Security still face long-term financial problems as millions of baby boomers reach retirement. Social Security's disability program is already in crisis as it edges toward the brink of insolvency. Getting relief from a slowdown in...

  • Mike Pence is headed in wrong direction with Medicaid expansion

    Indiana's Republican Gov. Mike Pence has proposed changing the state's Medicaid program, called the “Healthy Indiana Plan.” He says his plan doesn't expand Medicaid, but others on the Left and the Right argue that it does.

  • Q&A: What Paul Ryan thinks about Obamacare, immigration and taxes

    In an interview with the Washington Examiner last week, Ryan sounded off on 2016, talked about his priorities in Congress and discussed the surprising loss of outgoing House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a GOP primary.

  • Medicare's own health looking better, report says

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicare's financial future is looking brighter despite a growing wave of baby boomers reaching retirement. Getting relief from a slowdown in health care spending, the program's giant hospital trust fund won't be exhausted until 2030, the government said Monday. That's four...

  • Mainstream Media Scream: David Gregory hits Paul Ryan's 'sympathy'

    This week's Mainstream Media Scream features NBC "Meet the Press" host David Gregory suggesting that Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan's new anti-poverty plan doesn't have a "lot of sympathy" for the poor.

  • Only two years until Social Security's disability fund runs out

    The Social Security disability trust fund is only two years away from exhaustion, Social Security's Board of Trustees announced Monday, while saying that Medicare's finances appear to have strengthened, thanks to slowing growth in the cost of health care.

  • Report: NYC public housing falls short

    The number of reports of multiple deficiencies in New York City's public housing units nearly doubled between 2008 and 2011 from 19 percent to 11 percent.

  • NYC pension funds at $160.5 billion

    New York City's pension funds ended the latest fiscal year with a record-high value of $160.5 billion, City Comptroller Scott Stringer said Monday.

  • Fighting parasitic bureaucracies and crony capitalism

    "Pare down the parasitic fringe" of government. "Favor a gospel of work" instead of aristocratic entitlement. "Rationalize finance" and "reverse the Parkinson's law of bureaucracy."



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