Opening Act: Turning Coats

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Aug. 16 2012 8:13 AM

Opening Act: Turning Coats

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar writes about how Medicare spending "cuts" actually work.

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Obama's cuts were not directly aimed at Medicare's 48 million beneficiaries; instead they affect hospitals, insurers, nursing homes, drug companies and other service providers. Simply undoing the cuts would restore higher payments to those service providers. And that would cause Medicare to spend money faster.
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This really isn't hard to understand. More of this, please: Less "but how can the candidates spin it?" nonsense.

Or I guess we could pitch fits about candidates mis-stating which states they're in during multi-state tours.

Keith Boykin writes the first of what will be many "oh come on already, Artur Davis" columns, as Davis finally confirms a long-expected RNC speaking slot.

And the big lie gets told because it gets believed.

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