Last time I complained about Mondays, someone posted saying she likes Mondays because it's after her chemo -- so I'm not complaining about Mondays any more, although a longer break would really be nice. But for now, the news:
Speaker Boehner wanted the big budget deal that he and the President had been talking about; however, members of his party balked at anything that included revenue raisers. The GOP is torn, and Boehner can't come up with the votes for something big. This has exposed Boehner's limitations and the power of Eric Cantor and the hard right of the GOP. The President also wants something big, but he can't get the GOP on board. The 75 minute Sunday meeting didn't go very well, by all reports. Although it appears that all agree that the debt limit must be raised, the GOP still won't budge on any sort of revenue enhancement -- even closing tax loopholes without raising tax rates. The parties meet again today, although it's unclear whether they're zeroing in on a solution. The President asked the GOP to come to today's meeting with a plan they'd like to see. They seem to want to go back to the Biden deal, but that deal fell apart when it came to discussing taxes. Someone's going to have to give here.
The Medicare Independent Payment Advisory Board -- a critical cost-cutter in the health reform law -- is under attack, and maybe not just from Republicans. The IPAB is designed to make cost-cutting recommendations to Congress, which would take effect if spending hit certain levels, and if Congress did not act to stop them. The GOP-run House will hold hearings this week, calling the IPAB a rationing board.
Poverty brings health problems -- not surprising, but heartbreaking that this is America. In particular, lack of education fuels the HIV epidemic in the South.
Before they were running for President, several Republicans were in favor of health reform.
The Partnership for Patients is taking off, with 2000 hospitals on board with a plan to reduce errors.
Do you want to be a doctor? First, pass the people skills test.
Therapy via the internet? Really?
Addiction is increasingly seen as an illness, with treatment accordingly.
A new study says meditation can help to ease chronic pain. I find that meditation helps just about everything.
And that's this morning's news. Have a great day. Jennifer