With all due respect

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01/24/2009

This week, I would like to metaphorically toss two shoes at Alice Rivlin, former head of the Congressional Budget Office and the White House Office of Management and Budget, for her foot-in-mouth comment on national competitive bidding.

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During a Senate Budget Committee hearing on Wednesday, Rivlin championed competitively bidding HME as a means to save Medicare money. Rivlin said that, with all due respect, the decision to delay the program was "ridiculous," reported the Congressional Quarterly.

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In its weekly update, AAHomecare president Tyler Wilson retorted: "With all due respect to Ms. Rivlin, it would have been ridiculous to continue that bidding program, which was a disaster for patients and providers alike, which is why Congress wisely reformed and delayed the program."

Theresa Flaherty