Blog | Thursday, March 18, 2010

QD: News Every Day--Spend more to save more


Health care reform will cost more than previously predicted, $940 billion, but also trim more from the federal deficit in the long run, $130 billion in the first 10 years and $1.2 trillion in the second 10 years, the Congressional Budget Office is reporting. The release of those figures sets up a 72-hour window for legislators to consider the bill, and vote possibly by Sunday. (Politico, Washington Post)

H1N1 influenza
New cases continue for H1N1 influenza; 2 million illnesses hospitalized 18,000 and killed 310, according to CDC figures for mid-January to mid-February. Apathy is spreading faster than the disease and the flu season can continue until May, so health officials seek novel venues to encourage vaccination. (WebMD, Chicago Tribune)