John Ydstie http://wfpl.org en Reining In Health Care Costs Key To Trimming Deficit http://wfpl.org/post/reining-health-care-costs-key-trimming-deficit The Congressional Budget Office earlier this week said this year's deficit is likely to be about one-third the size it was in 2009, when the Great Recession bottomed out. A recovering economy is the main reason for the deficit's improvement, but moderating health care costs have also contributed.<p>Harvard economist and health policy specialist David Cutler says getting the federal government's finances under control is all about health care.<p>"A fairly accurate summary of the federal budget is that the U.S. Thu, 06 Feb 2014 12:01:01 +0000 John Ydstie 8490 at http://wfpl.org For Obamacare To Work, It's Not Just About The Numbers http://wfpl.org/post/obamacare-work-its-not-just-about-numbers Relatively few people have enrolled in new health insurance plans since the Affordable Care Act exchanges launched this month. Sat, 26 Oct 2013 10:55:29 +0000 John Ydstie 7337 at http://wfpl.org For Obamacare To Work, It's Not Just About The Numbers How Much Income Taxes Could Rise: A Breakdown Of The Options http://wfpl.org/post/how-much-income-taxes-could-rise-breakdown-options "No substantive progress has been made." That's what House Speaker John Boehner had to say Thursday about efforts to avoid automatic spending cuts and tax increases at year's end.<p>The administration's lead negotiator, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, met with congressional leaders from both sides of the aisle Thursday, looking for an agreement on the hazard Congress and the White House created last year to focus their minds on deficit reduction.<strong></strong><p>Perhaps the most important sticking point is over income tax rates. Fri, 30 Nov 2012 10:24:16 +0000 John Ydstie 2724 at http://wfpl.org How Much Income Taxes Could Rise: A Breakdown Of The Options