HA! Take that AMA! This should be part of the damned health care bill, we ALL KNOW they are NOT GOING to cut Medicare as the CBO scored it, this move to fund 247B OFF BALANCE sheet of the health care bill is ample proof of that…Reid is an epic failure, luckily…
Sen Gregg R-NH called it a Bernie Madoff scheme, yep. Bayh D-IN voted against it, he was our pick for HRC VEEP…53 voted against cloture, yowsa..
…The Senate voted 53-47 against cutting off debate on the $247 billion bill, which would repeal the current system of paying physicians under Medicare in a bid to avoid perennial shortfalls stemming from a complex formula for determining the payment rate. All 40 Republicans voted against the motion, along with 13 Democrats.
Without the needed 60 votes to proceed on the bill, it is effectively shelved. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.), alluded to that outcome Wednesday, saying he expected the Senate would “pick this up again” after it considered a broader health-care measure.
Congress will still need to take action to avoid a 21% drop in physician payments under Medicare that is scheduled to take effect in January, and it appears that a shorter-term solution is in the works. “Right now, we’re going to a one-year fix,” Mr. Reid said.
The proposed 10-year fix, which won enthusiastic endorsements from the American Medical Association and the seniors” group AARP, decoupled the costly fix from broader health-care overhaul legislation, which would help Democrats keep the larger bill’s price tag at or below their stated target of $900 billion.
But moderate Democrats such as Sens. Kent Conrad (D., N.D.) and Evan Bayh (D., Ind.) said they would vote against the bill because it didn’t raise any revenue to offset its cost.
Senate Republicans said the bill took an irresponsible approach to solving the physician payment issue. “The proponents of this measure want to put another quarter of a trillion dollars on the federal credit card,” said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) “We are in dangerous territory.”
The American Medical Association in a statement said it was “deeply disappointed” with the vote and maintained that a permanent repeal of the current payment system “is essential to ensuring the security and stability of Medicare.”…
*Thompson Twins courtesy of mandaluyongboy
Breaking: The CW has ordered a full season of breakout series “The Vampire Diaries” and five more episodes of “Melrose Place.”
The “Vampire” order is not surprising. The undead teen drama, from executive producer Kevin Williamson, is a full-fledged hit, delivering 3.8 million viewers to its most recent episode (and a 1.8 rating/5 share among adults ages 18 to 49)…
Our previous post on The Wolfman here. I LOVE the Universal Monsters! I cannot wait for the film!!! And SO GLAD Emily Blunt is in it, I think she is a fabulous actress. Looks like they did a fabulous job
Courtesy of EntertainmentNewsi
The audio of the ACORN worker is edited for legal reasons, ie the ACORN lawsuit no doubt…GOP Reps. McCotter and King attended the tape release at the NationalPressClub.
Courtesy of veritasvisuals:
Undercover investigation of Prostitution assistance at Philadelphia ACORN office. Song ‘Ridiculous’ copyright ©2009 Anthony Dini. Used with permission. http://www.myspace.com/anth…
Fox News: “ACORN representatives claim James and Hannah were kicked out of Philadelphia,” Andrew Breitbart said in a statement prior to the 9:30 a.m. ET news conference. “They also said publicly that, unlike Baltimore, Washington D.C., Brooklyn, San Bernardino (Calif.) and San Diego, James and Hannah never even mentioned prostitution before they were told to leave. James and Hannah will be joining me to set the record straight. After Wednesday, everyone will know what really happened in Philly.”
…Sabathia and Rodriguez — with help from Johnny Damon and Melky Cabrera — drove the Yankees past the Angels, 10-1, in front of 45,160 at Angel Stadium….
…Long considered a player who was suffocated by the postseason attention and pressure, Rodriguez is shedding that label. He went 3-for-4, homered, drove in two runs, scored three and stole a base.
“I will say that in other postseasons I failed, sometimes miserably,” said Rodriguez, who has hit five homers this postseason, one shy of Bernie Williams‘ club record. “It certainly feels good to come through for my team and help my team win.”
Damon added a two-run homer in the eighth, and Cabrera went 3-for-4 and drove in four runs.
Through five innings Sabathia had given up a run and threw only 63 pitches. He allowed the first two Angels to reach leading off the sixth, but induced Juan Rivera to bang into a 6-3 double play and watched Howie Kendrick‘s liner land in Mark Teixeira‘s glove, getting him back in a groove that saw him retire the last eight hitters he faced….