Sunday, July 20, 2008

Huh?

I have no idea what this opening sentence from a page 1, above the fold, story in the Dallas Morning News means:

They were the Renaissance men of crime, a mixture of white-collar cunning and blue-collar ruthless violence.

What on earth is the authors' definition of a Renaissance man?

Meanwhile, a front page story in The Tennessean managed to get a story backwards:

Physicians last week narrowly escaped a 10.6 percent reimbursement cut when Congress voted to override President Bush's veto of a bill that included rescinding the cuts. If the legislation had passed, Tennessee doctors stood to lose $350 million in care reimbursements, according to the Tennessee Medical Association.

Actually, if it had NOT passed, physicians would have faced a cut.

With regard to the Medicare story, this has been an ongoing issue annually for several years now, with Congress annually refusing to come up with a long term fix, and with Congress this year funding the temporary fix by decimating a managed care program (disclosure: my employer has an interest in that program). Such ongoing failure to fix a relatively simple problem should give pause to those screaming for greater levels of federal government management of our health care system.

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