In a post on The New York Times' Prescriptions blog, Katharine Seelye wrote that the House tri-committee health care reform bill "would cut a combined $500 billion from Medicare and Medicaid over 10 years by limiting increases in payments to doctors and hospitals." However, Seelye's suggestion that the bill finds these savings in doctors' payments is refuted by CBO's conclusion that spending for doctors services would increase by about $245 billion over 10 years compared to what would occur under current law.
MSNBC's Chris Matthews and The New York Times' Katharine Q. Seelye asked whether Sen. Joe Biden will "help" Gov. Sarah Palin "with her chair" at the beginning of the vice-presidential debate. The question is one that presumably would not be asked if the two candidates were the same gender, and the premise of the question itself is false, as the debate format rules state that Biden and Palin will be "standing at podiums" -- a fact Seelye later acknowledged.