For John, BLUF: Health Care is a constant issue. Nothing to see here; just move along.
Apparently, contrary to rumors, House Speaker John Boehner, is alive and well and working on legislation. According to The Hill he is working with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to fix problems with Medicare.
Boehner has spent two months quietly working with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to finally solve a Medicare payment problem that has eluded congressional leaders for more than 20 years.I wish him luck. Hat tip to Memeorandum.
The House leaders are expected to unveil their $200 billion Medicare deal early next week. Facing little opposition so far, the proposal is bringing Boehner closer than ever to tackling his long-time goal of entitlement reform.
"This could be one of the two or three accomplishments of the 114th Congress," said a GOP leadership aide. "It's a really big deal."
The bill would repeal a Medicare formula known as the sustainable growth rate (SGR), which calculates payments to doctors. In a crucial first step toward what would be a once-in-a-generation dea, bipartisan bills were introduced in both the House and Senate on Thursday.
Regards — Cliff