NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) - The Senate on Tuesday introduced a bipartisan bill that would prevent a 25% cut in doctors' Medicare reimbursement rates in 2011.
The bill, which would cost $19.3 billion over 10 years, would be paid for by changing a provision of the health reform act that provides tax credits for people who buy coverage. The credit is scaled to a person's income. The legislation would increase the amount people would have to repay if they underestimate their earnings.
Sarasota, Florida (CNN) – Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee may wait until the second half of 2011 to announce whether he will make another run for president.
"That would be more likely. It certainly won't be the first three or four months," Huckabee said at a news conference following a book signing in Florida.
Washington (CNN)–The tea party lost a battle for a key House committee Tuesday as the House Republican Steering Committee selected Michigan Rep. Fred Upton over Texas Rep. Joe Barton to head the powerful Energy and Commerce Committee.
Tea party activists had been campaigning against Upton, whom they felt was not conservative enough. Barton has been the top Republican on the committee since 2005, and his GOP colleagues declined to give him an exemption to a three-term on Republicans to serve on the top committee.
President Barack Obama: "Michelle and I were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Elizabeth Edwards. This afternoon I spoke to Cate Edwards and John Edwards, and offered our family's condolences. I came to know and admire Elizabeth over the course of the presidential campaign. She was a tenacious advocate for fixing our health care system and fighting poverty, and our country has benefited from the voice she gave to the cause of building a society that lifts up all those left behind.
In her life, Elizabeth Edwards knew tragedy and pain. Many others would have turned inward; many others in the face of such adversity would have given up. But through all that she endured, Elizabeth revealed a kind of fortitude and grace that will long remain a source of inspiration. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends."
Vice President Joe Biden: "Elizabeth Edwards fought a brave battle against a terrible, ravaging disease that takes too many lives every day. She was an inspiration to all who knew her, and to those who felt they knew her. Jill and I extend our deepest sympathies to the Edwards family as they grieve during this difficult and painful time."
Former President Bill Clinton: "With the passing of Elizabeth Edwards, America has lost a symbol of strength, hope, and humanity, a tireless advocate for health care for all Americans, and determined crusader for cancer cures. Her children have lost a loving mother, her friends a wise counselor. My prayers are with them. She was a remarkable woman who dealt with the challenges her life dealt her with courage and grace."
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton: "I am deeply saddened by the passing of Elizabeth Edwards. America has lost a passionate advocate for building a more humane and just society, for reforming our health care system, and for finding a cure for cancer once and for all. But the Edwards family and her legion of friends have lost so much more - a loving mother, constant guardian, and wise counselor. Our thoughts are with the Edwards family at this time, and with all those people across the country who met Elizabeth over the years and found an instant friend–someone who shared their experiences and offered empathy, understanding and hope. She made her mark on America, and she will not be forgotten."
Democratic Massachusetts Senator John Kerry: "This is very sad news, and the fact that it isn't a surprise makes it no easier to hear. Elizabeth Edwards was an incredibly loving, giving, and devoted mother, and Teresa and our entire family are grateful for the time we shared getting to know her in 2004. We have many wonderful memories of those days traveling the country and seeing firsthand Elizabeth's great affection for Cate, Jack, and Emma Claire. Today all those moments are rushing back.
"The same day our campaign ended at Faneuil Hall, we saw Elizabeth head off to Mass General to confront this terrible disease. America came to know her in a different and even more personal way, as she fought back with enormous grace and dignity. She became an inspiration to so many. Teresa and I, along with our family, send our prayers and deepest sympathies to Elizabeth's family and the children she loved so much."
First lady of California Maria Shriver: "I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of my dear friend, Elizabeth Edwards. My heart goes out to her loving family. Elizabeth was a mighty warrior, and I've long admired her courage, her compassion and her personal quest for truth. She was a public servant, a dedicated mother, a tireless advocate and a loyal friend. She showed up to speak at The Women's Conference every time I asked, and our audience was always moved by the open and honest way she would share the struggles she faced along her journey. I hope her children know their mother was an inspiration to women everywhere - a truly great woman."
2008 Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee: "I was very sorry about what she's been through. And I think she showed this country and the world, an extraordinary level of courage, and not just on the physical challenges but the others that she's faced with honor and dignity."
"And regardless of anybody's politics you have to feel great sorrow for her children and family for the extraordinary battle she gave. She taught a lot of people when you're able to die with the grace and serenity with which she did, she was also teaching us how to live."
Daughter of 2008 GOP Presidential nominee Sen. John McCain, Megan McCain in a Tweet: "Thoughts and prayers to Cate, Jack and Emma Claire Edwards. Elizabeth Edwards was an amazing inspiration for so many women."
2008 GOP Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin, in a Tweet: "Very sorry for Elizabeth Edward's family. May God comfort her kids, especially, through this tough time. God bless her family & loved ones."
North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue: “I was saddened to learn of the death of Elizabeth Edwards. North Carolina has lost one of our smartest and most resilient women. My heart goes out to her family.”
Democratic North Carolina Senator Kay Hagan: "I am very saddened to hear about Elizabeth Edwards' death. She was a dedicated mother and a passionate advocate for cancer research and health care causes. During her remarkable life, Elizabeth always carried herself with dignity. She used her battle with breast cancer to raise cancer awareness and create change. She faced her battle in the public eye, and I very much admired her strength and courage. My thoughts and prayers are with her family at this extremely difficult time."
Republican North Carolina Senator Richard Burr: “Brooke and I were saddened to learn this afternoon of the passing of Elizabeth Edwards. She was a passionate advocate for issues she believed in and a caring and loving mother. Her legacy should serve as an inspiration to all of us. Her life was not without tragedy and adversity, yet through it all she fought for her family and faced every challenge with courage, poise, and grace. Our thoughts and prayers are with her entire family, but particularly her children, Cate, Emma Claire, and Jack.”
Chairman of the Democratic National Committee Tim Kaine: “Elizabeth Edwards' death at much too young an age will be mourned and she will be fondly remembered in the hearts of women and men from all across our nation. Elizabeth was a woman of firm convictions and strong principles, and she was an inspiration not only to members of the Democratic Party but to countless Americans of all backgrounds. I offer my sincere condolences to her family and friends, and my thoughts go out to all those who will miss her. Elizabeth will not soon be forgotten, and her spirit will live on in all those who loved and admired her.
President and CEO of the Center for American Progress John Podesta: "The Center for American Progress had the great privilege to call Elizabeth Edwards one of our own. It is with great sadness that we say good bye to her today.
Elizabeth was a doer. After the 2008 primaries she joined CAP to continue her fight as a champion for all Americans to have access to healthcare as she did. If you've had the good fortune to read her writing or see her speak or hear her infectious laugh, you would know that Elizabeth had a special knack for making complicated topics less so, for being clear on her views without fuss.
This is why so many here in Washington and around the country were drawn to her, and why she had such an impact in the debate over the most transformative public policy issue of her generation.
Elizabeth also set an example for us all—about never giving up. She was a woman with a keen sense of purpose and drive, who always had an opinion, yet strived to find the common ground even with the most difficult issues. That's an essential quality if you work in public life.
We will dearly miss our friend Elizabeth. But her legacy is the passion, resolve and optimism that she brought to her work and will give us the sense of renewed purpose to keep fighting for fairness."
Founder and CEO of Susan G. Komen for the Cure Ambassador Nancy Brinker: “Elizabeth Edwards was an inspiration to countless women, through her willingness to publicly share her battle with breast cancer, and in her service to end disparities and fight for quality health care for all. “Her strength and perseverance were an inspiration to us all. While she will be missed, her spirit lives on in the fight to find the cures for cancer.
“The thoughts of the entire Susan G. Komen for the Cure family of survivors and advocates are with her family as they mourn her passing.”
(CNN) – Elizabeth Edwards, the estranged wife of former North Carolina senator and presidential candidate John Edwards, died Tuesday after a lengthy battle with cancer, according to a family spokesperson. She was 61.
She died at the family home in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, according to a statement released by the family.
"Today we have lost the comfort of Elizabeth's presence but she remains the heart of this family," the statement said. "We love her and will never know anyone more inspiring or full of life."
Washington (CNN) – Sarah Palin is telling one of the world's most controversial figures: don't put words in my mouth.
On Tuesday, Palin tweeted: "Someone making things up again? Keep seeing this quote attributed to me. Huh?"
The former Alaska governor included a link to National Review Online posting.
Washington (CNN) - The United States has dropped its efforts to get Israel to extend a settlement freeze as a precondition to resume Middle East peace talks, a State Department official said Tuesday.
"We have determined a moratorium extension at this time will not provide the best basis for direct negotiations," said the official, who added that talks with Israel on the matter have ended.
Washington (CNN) – Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen, a member of the House Democratic leadership, said Tuesday he has "serious reservations" about President Obama's tax cut agreement with Republicans.
Van Hollen, who represented House Democrats in tax cut talks with administration officials and Republicans, spoke to reporters as he headed into House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office for an afternoon leadership meeting.
Washington (CNN) - In a rare display of frustration, President Barack Obama insisted Tuesday that liberal Democrats were holding him to an unfair standard of achievement by complaining he has conceded too much to political opponents.
At a hastily arranged news conference on his deal with Republicans to extend tax cuts and jobless benefits, Obama rejected protests by Democrats that the agreement announced Monday amounted to a political defeat.
Washington (CNN)–House Republican Whip Eric Cantor sharply criticized President Obama's analogy at his press conference Tuesday that compared negotiating with Republicans on tax cuts to talking with "hostage takers."
Obama said, "I have said before that the middle class tax cuts were being held hostage to the high end tax cuts. I think it is tempting not to negotiate with hostage takers unless the hostage gets harmed."