House and Senate Republican lawmakers began working on a budget this week that could propose slashing Medicare and Medicaid in an effort to work toward a balanced budget without fiddling with tax rates, according to published reports.
In a preview of what may be coming in 2014, the Senate Conservatives Fund has booked a $340,000 television ad attacking a Republican leader over Affordable Care Act funding.
If you are like most long-term care professionals, you are likely watching the ongoing fiscal cliff standoff with a mixture of fear and disgust.
A friend once told me that long-term care operators are Republicans who make a living off Democratic policies. If that's the case, many of these folks may have to hold their noses when they cast votes in November.
The House Energy and Commerce Committee voted to repeal the CLASS Act on Wednesday, making a full House vote possible by the end of the year. Meanwhile, providers in favor of the law have intensified efforts to ensure the Senate doesn't follow the House's lead.
Somebody has an old saying that goes something like this: When elephants fight, only the grass gets trampled. I find that ironically apropos as the nation starts to realize its government might actually shut down at midnight tonight.
A new party has taken control of the House of Representatives. What does that mean for healthcare and specifically long-term care? We soon shall see.
This week and next will largely determine the fate of healthcare reform. Of course, we in the media have been offering variations on that theme a lot during the past year.