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  1. Speaking of power grabs — some members of Congress, both Dems and Republicans, believe Obama had begun a power grab with his Medicare advisory board and is going to try to make it much, much more powerful in order to “control” (read “cut”) costs.

    As PA Rep. Allyson, (D-PA) put it:

    “It’s our constitutional duty, as members of Congress, to take responsibility for Medicare and not turn decisions over to a board. Abdicating this responsibility, whether to insurance companies or to an unelected commission, undermines our ability to represent our constituents, including seniors and the disabled.”
    SNIP
    “Why have legislators?” asked Representative Pete Stark of California, the senior Democrat on the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health.

    In some ways, Mr. Stark said, expanding the power of the board could be as bad as giving vouchers to Medicare beneficiaries to buy private insurance. “In theory at least, you could set the vouchers at an adequate level,” he said. “But, in its effort to limit the growth of Medicare spending, the board is likely to set inadequate payment rates for health care providers, which could endanger patient care.”

    Representative Shelley Berkley, Democrat of Nevada, said she wanted to repeal the Medicare board. “I have great faith that this administration can put together a strong, independent and knowledgeable board,” Ms. Berkley said, but she said she had less confidence in future administrations. (My emphasis)

    Personally, I don’t have great faith that Obama would appoint board members which would put patients first, as he does tend toward corporate leadership (example: Jeffrey Immelt of GE for a jobs panel).

    So, some in DC see this as an executive power grab, and Obama has made it very clear he likes expanded executive powers, so I tend to agree.

    What do we do???

  2. Re: the Michigan executive power grab — unaccountable executives. Something the founders of this nation fought a revolutionary war against.

    The young woman (who looks like a girl) in the video spoke well for her cause, which ultimately is a cause for all of us.

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