It was welcome news Tuesday to learn that the confirmation hearing for the person who could officially wind up holding the purse strings for most nursing home payments was civil. Even better was the nominee saying she would look into the ridiculous state of affairs concerning hospital observation stays.
Obama administration officials say that trimming payments to nursing homes and other providers would substantially reduce future Medicare and Medicaid outlays. But officials are insisting that Republicans accept tax hikes as a condition for such spending cuts.
Some Democrats in the Senate are considering an overhaul to the nation's rules when it comes to hiring foreign workers for "specialty occupations," including some occupations in the healthcare field.