“Vice President Joe Biden wants pastors, rabbis and nuns to tell their flocks that enacting gun control is the moral thing to do. But another vote may have to wait until Congress wraps up work on an immigration overhaul,” the AP reports.
“Maybe health care won’t bankrupt the country after all,” Politico notes. A dramatic slowdown in the growth of health care spending in recent years could be here to stay, according to two studies published Monday by Health Affairs. … A study led by Harvard economist David Cutler found that if the recent trend holds up, projections of government spending on health care would plummet by $770 billion over the next 10 years, a figure large enough to have ‘an enormous impact on the U.S. economy and on government and household finances,’ the study notes. The researchers found that only about a third of the reduction in growth of health spending could be attributed to the 2007 to 2009 recession and that fully 55 percent is unexplained. That unexplained portion could be the result of more lasting changes, such as a slower introduction of medical device technology and new pharmaceuticals and a trend toward higher cost-sharing that forces people to be more careful about how health care dollars are spent, the researchers say.”
Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) for FBI director? The FBI Agents Association is encouraging President Obama to pick the House Intelligence chairman for the post when Robert Mueller’s term runs out this week.
Reuters: “Delaware lawmakers will take up a gay marriage bill on Tuesday in a bid to make the state the 11th to allow same-sex couples to wed. The scheduled vote in the state's Democrat-controlled Senate follows the General Assembly's passage of the bill several weeks ago. Governor Jack Markell, an outspoken supporter of gay marriage, has vowed to sign the bill into law if it clears the Senate.”