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  • CMS Rate Proposal Hits HMOs     Tuesday, 19 Feb 2013 | 1:07 PM ET

    The proposed rate cute outlined by CMS is putting pressure on all of the Medicare advantage players, with CNBC's Bertha Coombs.

  • CNBC's Bertha Coombs takes a deeper look at proposals that would lower Medicare Advantage rates more than analyst and insurers were expecting.

  • Arizona Gov. Proposes Tax Hike on Hospitals     Tuesday, 22 Jan 2013 | 4:46 PM ET

    Arizona Governor Jan Brewer proposed a tax hike on hospitals to pay for Obamacare. Caroline Heldman, Occidental College Associate Professor of Politics and Paul Howard, Manhattan Institute, weigh in.

  • Medicare in the Crosshairs on Capitol Hill     Friday, 4 Jan 2013 | 7:35 AM ET

    Sen. Lamar Alexander, (R-TN), explains why he voted "yes" on the "fiscal cliff" bill, and why Congress needs to reduce entitlement programs.

  • Did You Hear About the 'Doctor' Cliff?     Monday, 31 Dec 2012 | 10:21 AM ET

    CNBC's Bertha Coombs countdowns the the crippling cuts to the Medicare program set to take effect if no deal is reached on the "fiscal cliff."

  • Bowles: Would Take Severe Cuts to Fix     Thursday, 15 Nov 2012 | 4:44 PM ET

    If we do not get our economy in order, what could happen to America? Debt Commission co-chairs Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles, offer insight. "Absolutely, the U.S. could go bankrupt," says Bowles.

  • Simpson: Can't Tax or Cut Your Way Out of This     Thursday, 15 Nov 2012 | 4:35 PM ET

    Debt Commission co-chairs Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles, discuss the impact going over the fiscal cliff could have in next year's economy.

  • Simpson & Bowles: Spending Cuts & Health Care     Thursday, 15 Nov 2012 | 4:25 PM ET

    Debt Commission co-chairs Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles, discuss tax rates, spending cuts, and how likely it is that cuts in health care could occur.

  • Rep. Frank: Taxes, Spending Cuts & the Cliff     Thursday, 15 Nov 2012 | 2:17 PM ET

    Is it time to put spending cuts front and center in the debate? Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA), discusses the odds of getting a deal on the fiscal cliff. "The country is ready for substantial reductions in military spending," he says.

  • Labor Leader: Bring Fairness to Tax Code     Wednesday, 14 Nov 2012 | 11:10 AM ET

    Dennis Van Roekel, President of the National Education Association, discusses the meeting he had with President Obama on the fiscal cliff.

  • 'Fiscal Cliff': CNBC Explains Monday, 22 Oct 2012 | 10:53 AM ET

    The fiscal cliff may sound like the name of an exercise retreat on a mountain top in Southern California, but the reality is not so pretty. What it refers to is the potentially dire economic situation the U.S. faces at the end of 2012.  Here's a look.

  • Entitlement Epidemic?     Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 7:48 PM ET

    From social security to Medicaid, government transfer payments over the past 40 years are escalating. Nicholas Eberstadt, American Enterprise Institute and author of "A Nation of Takers," explains why he is concerned over the consequences from the explosion of entitlements.

  • How Do We Save Medicare & Medicaid?     Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 9:33 PM ET

    Medicare and Medicaid are going broke; how can the U.S. reform these programs? The best way to do it is to reform these programs for people in my generation, explains Rep. Paul Ryan. Vice President Biden says this administration has strived to protect and provide more benefits for seniors. "We will not privatize Social Security," added Biden.

  • Trading Hospital Stocks     Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 5:45 PM ET

    It's healthy week at NBC Universal, and the Fast Money traders discuss which hospital stocks are "healthy" plays for your portfolio.

  • GOP Platform May Dilute Romney’s Focus on Economy Tuesday, 28 Aug 2012 | 2:34 PM ET
    Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney during a campaign event with Republican Governors at Basalt Public High School on August 2, 2012 in Basalt, Colorado.

    Delegates to the Republican national convention will adopt a platform on Tuesday that represents a major triumph for the GOP's economic and social conservatives.

  • Peter Orszag, vice chairman of global banking for Citigroup Inc.

    Paul Ryan’s health care plan is flawed because it puts all its emphasis on competition, Peter Orszag, former director of the Office of Management and Budget and current vice chairman at Citigroup, told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” on Monday.

  • Despite a decade of rising C. diff rates, health care providers and the government agencies that oversee them have been slow to adopt proven strategies to reduce the infections, resulting in tens of thousands of deaths and illnesses that could have been prevented, the investigation shows.

  • Obama Campaign's Game Plan     Tuesday, 14 Aug 2012 | 10:15 AM ET

    Ben LaBolt, Obama for America national press secretary, weighs in on the differences between the Obama-Biden team versus the Romney-Ryan ticket, and discusses the political showdown on health care, entitlement reform and deficit reduction.

  • Trump on Romney-Ryan Ticket     Tuesday, 14 Aug 2012 | 7:42 AM ET

    "It was a bold pick and it really has energized the Republican party--whether or not it was a great pick or not, we're going to find out in about ninety days," says Donald Trump, Trump Organization chairman & president, discussing Mitt Romney's choice of Paul Ryan as his vice presidential running mate.

  • Elevating Ryan, and His Budget Details Monday, 13 Aug 2012 | 2:49 PM ET
    House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., holds a copy of his budget proposal 'The Path to Prosperity' during a news conference on the FY2012 budget resolution on Tuesday, April 5, 2011.

    The budgets that Rep. Paul Ryan has pushed through the  House have been nothing short of a conservative reordering of the nation’s tax and spending priorities for the 21st century, The New York Times reports.

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