Campaign 2010

May 18, 2004

Medicare Lawsuit

Boy, we’re humming along today:

Nineteen House Democratic lawmakers filed a federal lawsuit in Los Angeles yesterday to force U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson to release disputed cost estimates on the Medicare prescription-drug bill.


The suit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, claims Thompson — through former Medicare administrator Thomas Scully — violated federal law by ordering the Medicare actuary not to provide the estimates to Congress.


The suit also alleges that Thompson violated congressional rules by refusing requests to provide the information to seven Democratic members of the House Committee on Government Reform. Those seven Democratic committee members and 12 others, led by ranking committee member Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., filed the suit.

And as a side note from Reuters:


The Pentagon plans to stop funding Ahmad Chalabi, the Iraqi exile it once hoped might help lead Iraq but whose intelligence reports and motives were doubted elsewhere in Washington, U.S. officials said on Tuesday.

Good riddance (hopefully).

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