By Sam Baker and Elise Viebeck - 04/08/13 10:30 PM EDT
Grassley questions Medicare leak: We already know at least one subject for tomorrow's hearing — the apparent leak of sensitive information about Medicare cuts. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said Monday he will press Tavenner about communications between agency officials and a political intelligence firm.
"I hope she comes prepared to take responsibility. I hope she comes prepared to explain how she plans to hold someone accountable," Grassley said in a floor speech Monday.
Dems disappointed in delays: Congressional Democrats and outside stakeholders aren't happy about delays in implementing key pieces of the Affordable Care Act. Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) criticized the administration last week for a one-year delay in part of a new benefit for small businesses, and lawmakers have been complaining for months about delays in the law's Basic Health Plan. Their criticisms — and the delays — come ahead the 2014 midterms, when Republicans are sure to make healthcare an issue.
Healthwatch has the full story.
Despite GOP pledges to focus on healthcare next year, Democrats say they're not concerned — the issue has been litigated and people are ready to move on, they argue. ICYMI, we covered that angle a few weeks ago.
Poll finds chained CPI alienates voters: A majority of older voters opposes cost-of-living cuts for Social Security and would object to their member of Congress supporting the policy, according to a new poll. The national survey from AARP found that 66 percent of voters over 50 would be "considerably less favorable" to lawmakers that back slower cost-of-living increases in Social Security. President Obama's new budget is expected to include a so-called chained consumer price index (CPI) proposal as an olive branch to Republicans, and the left has signaled strong opposition to the policy ahead of the budget's roll-out Wednesday. Read more at Healthwatch.
The Senate Finance Committee will meet to consider the nomination of Marilyn Tavenner to lead the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
The House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Health will hold a hearing on reauthorizing animal drug user fees.
The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare will hold a protest at the White House against President Obama's support for cuts to Social Security.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will deliver remarks at the National Council for Community Mental Health and Addictions Conference in Las Vegas.
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