Congress hasn’t returned to the Capitol yet, but bloggers have been busy detecting the fault lines in the House and Senate health overhaul bills.
Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey looks at a news report that House Democrats gave a chilly reception to the the idea of including the Senate’s ‘Cadillac tax’ in the final health overhaul bill, and predicts trouble if different source of funding comes into play: “It’s another opportunity to kill the bill, and given the political damage the last round did to red-state Democrats in the upper chamber, Harry Reid may not be able to bargain his way around those cloture votes again. The unions may wind up killing the bill, thanks to their self-serving opposition to paying taxes for a program for which they have been lobbying for months.”
Over at the New Republic’s The Treatment, Peter Harbage argues for more funding in the Senate bill: he says states need a $1 billion fund to keep an eye on potential price gouging. The provision currently exists only in the House version.
The New York Times’ Catherine Rampell looks at new employment numbers released today, noting, “Even as overall payrolls continue to plummet, the health care industry keeps truckin’ along.”
Politico’s Ben Smith interviews MIT economist Jonathan Gruber over controversy that Gruber had a contract with HHS during the time he made public comments supporting health overhaul plans.
And since it’s Friday, how about some multimedia on your favorite health wonks?
The talk of the beltway health policy world this week was revelations surrounding Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag’s personal life. CNN’s Jeanne Moos investigates whether women of the world think nerdy is sexy:
Cato’s Michael Cannon has a podcast that focuses on if there are price controls under proposed health reform legislation.
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