Daschle, Paterson Health News

The New York Times has an editorial praising President-Elect Obama picking ‘the right man to stage manage his health care reforms as secretary of health and human services and as health czar at the White House,’ but question how they plan on funding the reforms.

One of New York Gov. David Paterson’s proposals announced Tuesday during his State of the State address is getting some good reception from people in their 20s who don’t have health insurance. 

The cost of health insurance and other fringe benefits for current city workers continues to grow at a more rapid pace than the rate for most other city spending, according to the financial outlook for 2009 released yesterday by the NYC Independent Budget Office. Spending on fringe benefits on an operating basis is expected to grow by $670 million from 2009 through 2012, when it will total $4.5 billion. The full report is available at http://www.ibo.nyc.ny.us/iboreports/FiscalOutlookJan2009.pdf

Members of the House Ways and Means Subcommittees were named:

The Health Subcommittee will include California Reps. Fortney “Pete”Stark, Thompson, and Xavier Becerra. Stark will also serve as the subcommittee’s chair. The other members are Reps. Lloyd Doggett (Texas), Earl Pomeroy (N.D.), Ron Kind (Wis.), Blumenauer, Bill Pascrell Jr.(N.J.), and Shelley Berkley (Nev.).

The Social Security Subcommittee will include Chairman John Tanner(Tenn.), Pomeroy, Schwartz, Doggett, Kind, Crowley, Yarmuth, and California Reps. Linda Sanchez and Becerra.

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