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The Hill: AARP Pushes for Passage of Senate Stimulus
"Buoyed by an all-out lobbying blitz from key allies, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) predicted Monday that the chamber would be able to push through his panel's economic stimulus package." Over the weekend, the "influential senior's lobby, AARP, and groups representing homebuilders, union employees and war veterans" called on "wayward senators to support the Finance Committee measure."
Associated Press: Bush Unveils $3.1 Trillion Budget
President Bush officially unveiled his final budget yesterday to largely negative media reviews and vocal Democratic criticism. The AP reports, "Bush took his proposals to slow Medicare and Medicaid spending to a new scale in his proposed 2009 budget even though previous, more modest efforts to trim the entitlement programs went nowhere." They "would continue to grow -- just not as quickly."
Marketwatch: Consumer Reports Releases Health Care Reform Poll
Just in time for Super Tuesday, Consumer Reports has a new poll on what results Americans want to see from an overhaul of the U.S. health-care system. There are six basic outcomes that more than 80% of the 1,200 adults in a national sample said they want to have guaranteed: Coverage for all uninsured children; Protection against financial ruin due to a major illness or accident; The ability to obtain coverage regardless of a preexisting condition; Coverage that continues even when people are laid off, changing jobs or starting their own business; Premiums, deductibles and out of pocket expenses that are affordable relative to family income; The ability to keep current health coverage if desired.

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