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Sen. Harkin has a hold on Obama’s Medicare pick. What gives?
The Senate Finance Committee unanimously supported her nomination. She has the support of multiple former Medicare heads; one compared her to Mother Teresa. Even House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), who does not like Obamacare one bit, really likes Marilyn Tavenner.
Enter, Sen. Tom Harkin, the Iowa Democrat who has put a hold on Tavenner’s nomination.
Harkin is demanding, according to spokeswoman Katie Cyrul Frischmann, “An ongoing conversation about the future of the prevention fund.”
That would be the health law’s Prevention and Public Health Fund, which initially was a $15 billion trust fund dedicated to supporting public health and prevention activities.
Harkin has been the Prevention Fund’s main advocate since it was part of the health reform debate. While the fund’s appropriations dropped from $80 billion when it was initially proposed to $15 billion in the final version of Obamacare, that was still a significant commitment.
“The Senate’s leading advocate for health promotion and disease prevention,” John McDonough, former aide to the late-Sen. Ted Kennedy,  wrote of Harkin in 2010, “Is now in an enviable position to implement and advance this agenda.”
Lately though, Harkin’s position has seemed less enviable. Congress has cut away nearly $6 billion in funding to help keep doctor payments stable. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, under Tavenner’s leadership as acting administrator, has used another $454 million to help build the federal exchange.
TomHarkin  politics  AffordableCareAct  usa  congress  medicare  barackobama  budget  PreventAndPublicHealthFund  senate 
april 2013 by jtyost2
National Journal: N2K Politics: Maverick No More; Daniels Denies
National Journal has a roundup of headlines including a fundraiser found on Party Time.

GAGA OVER HARKIN. He’s three years away from having to run for a sixth term, but the Sunlight Foundation reports that 70-year-old Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, is leaving nothing to chance. Tonight, Citizens for Harkin is hosting a fundraiser for the senator in D.C.’s Verizon Center, where Lady Gaga’s Monster Ball Tour will be making a stop. Harkin's office has confirmed his scheduled attendance at the event, which has tickets starting at $1,000.
partytime  fundraisers  tomharkin  sunlightfoundation  msm  nationaljournal 
february 2011 by sunlightfoundation
Michael Calderone's Blog: Sen. Harkin: 'We need the Fairness Doctrine back' -
BILL PRESS: Alright, well good for you. You know, we gotta work on that, because they are just shutting down progressive talk from one city after another. All we want is, you know, some balance on the airwaves, that's all. You know, we're not going to take any of the conservative voices off the airwaves, but just make sure that there are a few progressives and liberals out there, right?

SENATOR TOM HARKIN (D-IA): Exactly, and that's why we need the fair -- that's why we need the Fairness Doctrine back.
fairnessdoctrine  radio  tomharkin 
february 2009 by cboyack

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