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Meek bashed for pushing to kill competitive bidding on Medicare contracts



U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek is trying to kill a fledgling program that the federal government says will deflate Medicare costs by requiring competitive bids from companies that provide medical equipment like oxygen tanks and wheelchairs.

The congressman's legislation, which is backed by the medical supply industry and opposed by AARP, has formed a new line of attack for rival Jeff Greene in the Democratic Senate primary.

Greene pointed to tens of thousands of dollars that Meek has received from medical suppliers before and after he introduced the bill. (story here)

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 10:46am]


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