As Gov. Bobby Jindal is fighting the Louisiana Legislature’s efforts to push him into a veto override
session, President Bush is still reeling from Congress’ decision to reverse one
of his vetoes earlier this week. The Medicare Improvements for Patients and
Providers Act of 2008 became law on Tuesday when both the House and Senate voted
overwhelmingly to override Bush's veto.
As a result,
Medicare patients in need of mental health services will pay lower insurance
payments and enjoy what should be improved access to certain prescription
medicines. The act also protects senior citizens in rural areas by allowing
them to continue seeing the same physician. It also prevents the pending 10
percent payment reduction for physicians in Medicare – meaning docs will not be
losing any money.
The House voted
383-41 to stand against Bush. Aside from the minimal press coverage the vote
received this week, among the biggest stunners locally was the shared aye votes
of Acadiana’s two congressmen. Both Charlie Melancon, a Democrat from
Napoleonville, and Charles Boustany, a Republican from Lafayette, stood against
Melancon, for his
part, was toeing the party line. Boustany, meanwhile, no doubt pulled from his
experience as a physician to make his own decision. Reps. Rodney Alexander, a
Quitman Republican; Bill Jefferson, a New Orleans Democrat; and Don Cazayoux, a
Democrat from Baton Rouge, also voted in favor of the override. The lone nay
votes belonged to freshman Rep. Steve Scalise of Metairie and retiring Rep. Jim
McCrery. Both are Republicans.
Frank’s Casing Crew, now doing business as Frank’s International, will make its final appearance on ABiz’s list of the Top 50 Privately Held Companies in Acadiana this year, and once again it will likely be at the top with more than $1 billion in annual revenues. The 75-year-old company specializing in tubular fabrication and installation services to the oil and gas industry plans to offer shares of its stock to the public for the first time.
The defeat, or rather highjacking of House Bill 420 in the final days of this year's Legislative Session, say Reps. Vincent Pierre and Terry Landry, is the result of the propaganda spread by one unidentified local media outlet and an unnamed former state Representative, but nothing to do with the original legislation's lack of checks, balances or details.
He’s a singer. A songwriter. A piano man. A family man. He’s even got his own Wikipedia entry. He’s David Egan. And he knows ancient secrets about the monolithic stones of Stonehenge that he’s not willing to share.