Legislative and Activism Notes From Around the Horn

MObama Wants Journalist Gupta for Surgeon General

AARP officials today touted healthcare reform as the key to resolving the nation’s economic crisis and urged prompt congressional action to rein in the soaring costs of Medicare and other government programs as well as private medical insurance programs.

7 hospitals in NY accused of $50M Medicaid fraud

Pelosi Announces Freshmen and Other Committee Memberships..

Armed Services
· Congressman Eric Massa of New York

Education & Labor
· Congressman Paul Tonko of New York

Financial Services
· Congressman Dan Maffei of New York

Transportation & Infrastructure
· Congressman Michael McMahon of New York

McCain Said To Be Considering Seat On HELP Committee
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is maneuvering to quit his Commerce Committee seat and take an open spot on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, sources tracking healthcare legislation said today. The former Republican presidential nominee has an interest in generic or follow-on biologic drug legislation, the sources added. A HELP Committee spot will also give him a closer position to engineering of healthcare overhaul legislation. Neither McCain’s office nor the HELP Committee’s GOP office would comment.

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