The Milwaukee Journal Sentinal ran an op-ed co-written by Americans for Tax Reform director of state affairs Patrick Gleason regarding discrepancies with the method used to calculate the cost of Medicare.
For Wisconsin, failure to pass a permanent doc fix would reduce access to care for seniors. Wisconsin currently has 15 practicing physicians per 1,000 Medicare beneficiaries, which is below the national average. If Congress does not act, the result will be a 24% across-the-board pay cut for caregivers treating Medicare patients. Forty-seven percent of Wisconsin’s physicians are already over 50, the age at which surveys show many physicians begin to consider cutting back on patient care activities. The scheduled provider cuts will only exacerbate Wisconsin’s current problems with access to care.
Rob Garver of the Fiscal Times wrote a piece detailing criticism of CBO director Douglas Elmendorf.
While dynamic scoring might be the biggest issue for conservatives, it’s not the only problem they have with Elmendorf. Among other things, Norquist notes, is that Elmendorf’s CBO delivered a favorable ruling on the costs of the Affordable Care Act. This has become a potent issue lately because of the discovery of videotapes in which MIT professor Jonathan Gruber, a key figure in the development of the law, suggested that the law’s architects, in addition to relying on “the stupidity of the American voter” also worked hard to game CBO’s rules in search of a good budget score.
Jennifer Kerns of the Blaze interviewed Americans for Tax Reform president Grover Norquist about his impressions of the newly elected members of Congress.
Among his favorites this season are Congresswoman-elect Mia Love, whom Norquist says as the first black female Republican to serve in Congress is good for the Republican Party, good for taxpayers, and good for the Mormon Church as it broadens their diversity.