In the Public Eye

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Monday, August 11, 2014 - 2:15pm

Although DC insiders skewer each other all the time, it still can be fun to listen when someone who’s carried himself with the gravity of a deadly serious job – being Secretary of Defense – plunges into retirement, sells his memoir and lets loose with the snarkiness that he was forced to stifle during his lengthy government service. I’m referring to Robert Gates whose service included heading the Central Intelligence Agency and serving on the National Security Council.


In the Public Eye

Friday, May 4, 2007 - 2:47pm

Reimbursements for docs can be lousy, but two lawmakers are taking a different approach to docs and dollars. Sens. Carl Levin and Norm Coleman are introducing legislation that would withhold Medicare payments to MDs and other health providers who owe money to the IRS.


Monday, April 30, 2007 - 10:21am

Ya gotta love the political intrigues surrounding hikes in tobacco taxes.  Look no farther than Mr. Butts, a man dolled up to resemble a cigarette butt, wandering around the Oregon House gallery on April 26. During a long debate, one lawmaker stretched out on a bedroll next to his desk, the Portland Oregonian reported, while four others played cards.


Tuesday, April 24, 2007 - 9:11am

All the promises, confused comments and best intentions are now being put into legalese as hearings intensify on health care reform legislation in Sacramento. April 27 is the deadline for lawmakers to complete work on bills that have fiscal impact -- they can push them ahead, vote them down or shelve them.


Here are the current key reform bills (nothing as yet from Gov. Schwarzenegger): SB 840, from Sen. Sheila Kuehl; SB 236, from Sen. George Runner; SB 48, from Sen. Don Perata; and AB 8, from Assembly Member Fabian Nunez.


Monday, April 16, 2007 - 2:29pm

A number of things to consider while the coffee perks:



  • Americans work 77 days per year to pay federal taxes; 62 days to pay for housing and household costs; 52 days for health and medical care; 39 days for state/local taxes; and 30 days to pay for food (Wall Street Journal opinion piece by U.S. Senators Chuck Grassley and Judd Gregg).

Monday, April 16, 2007 - 1:32pm

You ever gonna design/build/open that thing?  How do we know we can trust you?  What now? When will it? How much? How come?


Those are a few of my favorites from 10+ years of questioning (aka doubting) about Community Medical Centers' enormous commitment to create the Community Regional Medical Center and to move over acute care services from University Medical Center.