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Posted By Ray DeLorenzi On January 2, 2008 @ 8:11 am In Notebook | No Comments

Washington Post [1]: A Look Back at the Year’s Winners and Losers

The year witnessed a new and fairly effective alliance between two of Washington’s most potent pressure groups: AARP, the senior citizens lobby, and the American Medical Association, the physicians’ leading representative in the capital.
Together they eked out a victory that was barely noticed by the general public at the end of the year but was pivotal to doctors. Through a large, concerted campaign, the two groups persuaded lawmakers to delay for six months a scheduled 10 percent cut in physician reimbursements under Medicare.

Chicago Tribune [2]: TOP 5 Quotes from the week’s newsmakers

4. ‘This policy is a civil rights and economic fiasco.’ — David Certner, AARP’s legislative policy director, on a federal rule that means employers may be less likely to drop or cut health-care coverage for younger retirees, while at the same time allowing them to reduce or eliminate benefits for retirees who turn 65 and qualify for Medicare

Capital Times [3]: Bill Novelli: Bush bullied, Congress caved and Americans lost on Medicare

Dear Editor: Our elected officials in Washington ended the health care debate this year not with a bang, but a whimper.

Chicago Tribune [4]: A new year provides fresh start on planning

Overall, fees will continue to receive scrutiny because of the disclosure regulations and a debate in Congress over new legislation, said Nancy LeaMond, group executive officer for AARP.
“More of our members are concerned about economic security today, and I expect that will be an important issue in the ’08 elections,” she said.

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URLs in this post:

[1] Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/12/31/AR2007123101787_pf.html

[2] Chicago Tribune: http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/chi-sun_quotes_1230dec30,1,5343249,print.story

[3] Capital Times: http://www.madison.com/tct/opinion/letters/264362

[4] Chicago Tribune: http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/yourmoney/sns-yourmoney-1230journey,0,5581485,print.story

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