- - Monday, May 30, 2011


Pawlenty touts Medicare proposal during Iowa trip

WAUKEE, Iowa — Republican presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty told people during a Monday stop in Iowa that the key difference between his Medicare proposal and the proposal introduced by Rep. Paul Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, is that his plan will change the way providers are paid.

The former Minnesota governor spoke to a group of about 60 people during a campaign stop at Point of Grace Church in Waukee. He said his plan would include “performance pay.”

“We will begin to move providers from getting paid not just for the volume of procedures they crank out, but whether people are actually getting healthier and getting better,” Mr. Pawlenty told the Des Moines Register.

He also told ABC’s “This Morning” that he would support Mr. Ryan’s proposal to privatize Medicare if his only choices were Mr. Ryan’s plan or doing nothing.

Mr. Pawlenty, who launched his bid for the Republican presidential nomination last week in Des Moines, is scheduled to visit Sioux City on Tuesday and Council Bluffs on Wednesday.


Lawmaker: Hacker posted lewd photo

NEW YORK — A spokesman for New York Rep. Anthony D. Weiner says a lewd photograph sent from the Democrat’s Twitter account is just “a distraction” perpetrated by a hacker.

Weiner spokesman Dave Arnold told the Associated Press in an email Sunday the Twitter episode was “a distraction” from the congressman’s “important work representing his constituents.”

The photo showed a man’s bulging underpants.

It first was reported Saturday by BigGovernment.com, a website run by conservative commentator Andrew Breitbart. The site said the photo was tweeted to a woman in Seattle.

The photo was quickly deleted.

Mr. Weiner later joked about it on Twitter, asking whether his kitchen blender would be next to “attack” him.

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