I'm about to run out the door, but I wanted to get a couple of newsy, good news/bad news items out there for you. First, via an email alert from the New York Times, the good news:
Justice Dept. Files Lawsuit to Block US Airways-American Merger
The Justice Department, along with the attorneys general of six states, filed a lawsuit on Tuesday seeking to block the proposed merger of American Airlines and US Airways.
The $11 billion deal, announced in February, took American out of bankruptcy. It would create the nation’s biggest airline, a company with the size and breadth to compete against United Airlines and Delta Air Lines, which have grown through mergers of their own in recent years and are currently the biggest domestic carriers.
But in the complaint filed Tuesday in Federal District Court in the District of Columbia, the Justice Department said that the merger “will leave three very similar legacy airlines — Delta, United and the new American — that past experience shows increasingly prefer tacit coordination over full-throated competition.”
And the bad news, via The Hill. Surprisingly, this has been the Labor Department's site since February, but nobody said a peep about it. Republicans will. It feeds right into their talking points:
Administration delays ObamaCare caps on out-of-pocket costs
The Obama administration has delayed a main provision in President Obama's healthcare reform law that would limit out-of-pocket insurance costs for consumers until 2015.
The cap, which includes deductibles and co-payments, was supposed to limit consumer costs to $6,350 for an individual and $12,700 for a family. But administration officials have quietly delayed the requirement for some insurers, allowing them to set their own limits starting in 2014. [...]
An administration official said the health law would “protect consumers from the worst insurance company abuses, by banning discrimination based on a pre-existing health conditions [sic], ending lifetime and annual limits on what an insurance company will cover, and capping out-of pocket spending to protect Americans and their families.”
A-a-nd the GOP takes full advantage and ups their Obama/Obamacare bashing in 5...4...3...2...