Monday, December 12, 2011

Weekend Update

Monday December 12 is the last day of the Federal Benefits Open Season and the beginning of a busy week on Capitol Hill. The Washington Post is prognosticating that Congress will achieve a compromise on the final omnibus appropriations bill by the December 16 deadline.

A Washington Post columnist Steven Pearlstein has offered his views on why the Government should prevent the merger of two large prescription benefits managers, Express Script and Medco. The FEHBlog offer this link to illustrate why the FEHBlog thinks that the anti-trust winds are blowing against this deal even though the parties tried to anticipate this problem.

The FEHBlog loves his Ipad and is finding Walter Isaaceson's biography of Steve Jobs quite interesting.  The FEHBlog is not sure about the Iphone because he likes the Blackherry's key pad but this may be too much information. The point is that the Surgeon General has created a Medical Apps Challenge!  The FEHBlog read about one such app My Medications that the American Medical Association is hawking. For 99 cents, the FEHBlog, who isn't getting any younger, is giving the app a whirl.

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