The big healthcare news this week was the scheduled 10% cut to Medicare physician fees, which Congress almost managed to avert. Instead, implementation of the cuts has been put on hold for two more weeks. Bloggers have more:
- Sarah Rubenstein at WSJâs Health Blog gives a quick summary of the situation and explains the implications of a two-week freeze on Medicare claims processing.
- Robert Laszewski at Health Affairs explores the political forces at work in this âgame of chicken.â
- Jacob Goldstein at WSJâs Health Blog warns that we can expect to be bombarded with issue ads from both doctors and insurers.
Matt Madia at Reg Watch alerts us to a deadline extension for NHTSAâs roof-strength rule, which is terrible in its current form (see Celesteâs thoughts), and a Congressional move to blockÂ implementation an even-more-terrible Bush administration executive order.
At Gristmill, Kate Sheppard explores McCainâs aversion to Amtrak and David Roberts has the latest on bike politics.
Sameem at Enviroblog explains why so many public transit systems are underfunded, despite a surge in rider interest.
Angry Toxicologist likens the American Chemistry Council to a cranky toddler.
Andrew Plemmons Pratt at Science Progress speaks with filmmaker Joanna Rudnick, who made a film about how she and others grapple with the knowledge that theyâve inherited a genetic mutation giving them an 85-90% chance of developing breast cancer.
Jennifer Jacquet at Gristmill has the numbers on how much of the global fish catch gets fed to pigs and chickens.
Kevin Ummel at Global Development: Views from the Center is disappointed with Indiaâs energy strategy plan, which fails to account for the countryâs recent solar-power advances; he calculates that India’s current potential for low-cost, solar thermal power is at least six times greater than current power production.