I should be writing about the president's latest budget proposal today.

It's chock full of line items – and ideas – our readers should care about.

For starters, the $4 trillion budget includes a 4.3 percent bump for Health and Human Services, including full funding of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. According to analysis by the Associated Press, the budget also would allow Medicare to negotiate drug prices directly, increase tobacco prices (again) as well as kill the 2 percent Medicare payment cut brought on by the sequester.

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