Friday night is Flight to Mars, Mike McCready and friends in Seattle. So this week's news is dedicated to him.
We have five days to get a budget before the government shuts down. Talks are ongoing, but it's a tough one as we don't know whether House GOP will agree to any kind of compromise, and we do know that Dems in the Senate will not agree to defunding health reform and Planned Parenthood. The President placed calls to Speaker Boehner and Senator Reid this week-end. But they all know there are only five days left, and the pressure is on. Potential cuts will come from the Children's Health Insurance Plan, Pell grants for education for low-income students, and a health reform creation of co-0ps to provide an alternative to private insurance. Are these the right priorities? I think not. But the Tea Party is pushing the GOP to the right. Both parties are looking to make the other look as bad as possible while averting a shut-down.
Before this year's budget is resolved, the Republicans have announced their budget for 2012 and beyond, seeking to cut $ trillion over the next 10 years. Big cuts to Medicaid and Medicare. Indeed, the Wall St. Journal says it would end Medicare as we know it. Medicare recipients would choose among several government subsidized plans, and Medicaid would come in block grants to the states, allowing them to do with the money what they will. The proposed Medicare changes are likely to shift costs to seniors.
And at the same time, there would be tax cuts. Huh? And it's not just about 2012. There will be votes on extending the debt limit, and talks about long-term fiscal controls. Is the US going to default on its debt, destabilizing not only our economy but others? It would be unheard of - that's for sure.
In other news, it's hard for Medicaid recipients to find specialists.
A new cheaper health insurance product has a smaller network of providers.
Doctors are saying no to endless work days.
Our eyes do get worse over time. I remember when I started needing reading glasses and my eye doctor said it was age. Nice to know it's not just me.
We've known there are disparities in health care among racial and ethnic minorities, but now, it seems, there are disparities among gay and bisexual men, as well. HHS seeks to address this disparity.
Scientists get closer to isolating the genes that lead to Alzheimer's.
Less invasive surgery to replace a heart valve -- good news.
Back pain. Chronic pain leads to depression. Headache and heartache. Exercise early and not alone. A cluster of articles about pain.
And that's it for this morning. Have a great day -- as great as a Monday can be. Jennifer