Ed Henry opened Wednesday's AC360 with some preliminary details on the President's health care package. Personally I like the idea that seniors who earn more than $170,000 a year would pay more than others on Medicare for their prescriptions. This sacrifice by the wealthiest of retirees will pump 8.1 billion into the system over 10 years.
Speaking of Medicare benefits I had a very odd experience with our insurance today. DH's doctor asked him to take a genetic screening test for a blood disorder that is only preformed at one lab in the US. His doctor warned that insurance probably wouldn't cover it so I called the lab and my insurance company today to try and figure out the cost and who would have to pay. The lady at the lab said the test costs in the neighborhood of $1,000 and my insurance would not pay it. But here's the part that I found interesting (and applicable to the topic at hand), she said if my DH was on Medicare it would be paid in full by the government. To me that just didn't seem quite fair. Too bad we're not old enough to retire and have better insurance than we do while working. Ali Velshi focused his reporting tonight on the health care issue also. He talked about how to justify those that have fallen out of the health care system with subsidizing the rising cost of insurance and health care.It was at this point my recording went to black and I have no idea what I missed. I must admit I was watching American Idol (go Adam!) not 360. When my recording kicked back in the discussion had switched to earmarks. From what little I heard I must say I'm a bit disappointed in the Democrats with their hands out for pet projects.The night's panel (must we always have a panel?) was populated by Joe Johns, David Gergen and David Walker. The discussion looked at the budget and earmarks, the probability of affording the health care package proposed and the general consensus that the administration is moving a little too quickly.
Next up a little tit for tat, with Anderson vs. Rep. Eliot Engel (D) of New York. Take a look.
Candy Crowley gave us the night's Raw Politics which looked at all the empty slots in the Obama team, especially Deputy Secretaries and Assistant Secretaries. You'd think with all the unemployment that there would be a few good men & women available and willing to take a civil service job.
I was so excited that 360 finally did a positive economic story like the one I blogged about a few weeks ago from NBC's Nightly News. The 360 version of a good news story was presented by good guy Gary Tuchman who was in Fargo, ND. Unemployment is at 3%, housing prices aren't falling, business is booming and the State has a surplus. Why? The state's banks did not get caught up in sub-prime mortgages.
There were also pieces by Chris Lawrence, who took a look at the Lockheed Martin Raptor, Joe Johns on the article about Michelle Obama in People magazine and Erica Hill reported on Stevie Wonder receiving a life-time achievement award at the White House on Wednesday night. But my eyes are starting to cross because of the long day so I'll just skip to 'The Shot' which was finally amusing again.
That's it for me late on this Wednesday night. Hope everyone remembered to set their DVD/VCR recorders for Live with Regis and Kelly this morning? If not I hope to have a run down for you in my post tomorrow night. And to anyone going to the Bailey House auction today please let us know how expensive Mr. Cooper was this year....of course we all know he's priceless. ~Phebe