One of those quiet days, but a few things worth mentioning.
Boehner Not In Control
"How out of House Speaker John Boehner's control is his caucus? Enough to block a permanent solution to a problem that has vexed the health care industry, senior citizens and Congress for a decade and a half. The so-called Medicare 'doc fix' is a perennial headache for Medicare providers, patients and Congress. It's included in the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits extension bill congressional negotiators are now trying to hammer out."
"The House GOP seems pretty intent on making as many enemies as they can in their effort to avoid giving President Obama a win. They'll happily see the middle class tax break go away. They're fine with the fact that the American Hospital Association has essentially declared war on them over obstruction on the 'doc fix.' They also don't particularly care that thousands, potentially tens of thousands, of seniors could lose access to care if health care providers stop taking Medicare patients because of the huge cut they face."
STILL MORE: Payroll tax cut talks adrift on Capitol Hill
Santorum Was Director, Has Medicare Past
"The company whose employees gave the most money to Santorum’s campaign -- $19,500 -- was the hospital chain Universal Health Services, according to the Center for Responsive Politics’ OpenSecrets blog. Santorum was a director of the organization, which Bloomberg reported was sued by the federal government in 2010 over allegations of Medicare fraud."
The Really Real Conservative-Liberal Reality-Free Zone
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