MEDICARE PREMIUM HIKES….I think the LA Times gets the headline right for the administration’s announcement of next year’s Medicare premium increase:

Medicare Premiums to Jump a Record 17%
Bush administration announces the increase for 41.8 million disabled and elderly beneficiaries as the capital empties for the holiday weekend

Something tells me that releasing the news late on the Friday before Labor Day isn’t going to work this time. I suspect seniors are going to notice anyway.