Roll Call: "Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) on Tuesday defended critics of Democratic health care reform plans who claim the proposals would provide subsidized health care to illegal immigrants. Kyl said Democrats have long sought to block curbs on public services for people illegally in the country." None of the bills being considered by Congress would provide funding for health care for illegal immigrants. Democrats have argued that Americans already pay for sick care for illegal immigrants who show up at emergency rooms and cannot be denied treatment.
Cable Catnip Alert: "If the 2012 presidential election were held today, and Palin was the GOP candidate, she'd get wiped out by President Obama, a new Marist poll showed Tuesday. Only 33% of registered voters would go for Palin compared to Obama's 56%, with 11% undecided."
"The prescription drug industry's lobbying arm is defending its deal with President Barack Obama in the wake of criticism from House Minority Leader John Boehner, who charged it with 'appeasing' the Obama administration. 'At the end of the day, comprehensive healthcare reform is good for patients, the economy and the future of our country,' Ken Johnson, senior vice president of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), said in an interview with The Hill. Asked about Boehner's "appeasement" accusation, Johnson called for more civility in the debate. 'Emotions are riding high on both sides and we are not going to fan the flames,' he said."