Obama budget includes healthcare boost; New Jersey ASCs may get reprieve;

> Obama's budget plans include a focus on universal health coverage, investing in preventive care and a substantial increase in FDA funding. They also propose loan repayment programs for doctors, nurses and dentists who agree to practice in medically underserved areas. Articles

> New Jersey may soon pass a bill that would reverse a court decision threatening the existence of the state's 200 physician-owned ambulatory surgical centers. Article

> A former Bear Sterns & Co. managing director has pleaded guilty to a role in a kickback scheme involving an Illinois hospital's application to build a new facility in suburban Chicago. Article

> This January's crop of Congress members includes four physicians, bringing the total number of physicians in Congress to 16. Article

And Finally... She's not young, but she's not a coward either. Article