Healthcare Reform 2.0: Obama Prepares to Re-charge the Debate
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Barack Obama is attempting to regain control of the debate on healthcare reform. His proposals drew criticism from conservatives at a series of town hall meetings in August, and Republican senators, once considered potential partners in bi-partisanship, have openly attacked the plan. Guest host Sara Terry considers the prospects for reform, the President's strategy in his speech to Congress next week, and whose support he'll need to win Also, Iran's parliament approves President Ahmadinejad's cabinet, and nearly fifty years after Ted Kennedy started keeping diaries, he finished a memoir of his life. True Compass is a look at the senator through his own eyes.
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Iranian Parliament Approves Ahmadinejad Cabinet ()
In Iran today, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won approval from parliament for 18 of his 21 cabinet nominees. It's seen as a victory for the president, who has removed from his cabinet all ministers who questioned his handling of recent post-election unrest. Borzou Daragahi is Middle East correspondent for the Los Angeles Times.
Healthcare Reform 2.0: Obama Prepares to Re-charge the Debate ()
The White House has announced that President Obama will make a major speech to a joint session of Congress next week, the day after lawmakers return from their August recess. Polls show a drop in support for the President's healthcare plan, with Republicans increasingly going on the attack. The speech is a dramatic move which observers say indicates Obama's intention to re-focus the debate. What does Obama need to do to regain control of the debate? Is it time for the President to give up on a bi-partisan approach? Should he listen to liberals and make a public option for healthcare a non-negotiable item? What does he need to do to rally slipping public opinion?
- Ezra Klein: Staff Writer, Washington Post, @ezraklein
- Norman Ornstein: Congressional Scholar, American Enterprise Institute, @AEI
- Robert Borosage: Co-Director, Campaign for America's Future
- Susan Dentzer: Editor-in-Chief, Health Affairs
Kennedy Memoir Talks of Guilt over Chappaquiddick ()
After all the speeches and the remembrances and the criticisms that followed his death on August 25, Ted Kennedy will comment on his own life. His memoir, True Compass, will be published September 14. In the meantime, contenders are already lining up for the seat he held in the US Senate for nearly fifty years, as we hear from Joan Vennochi, columist for the Boston Globe.
- Joan Vennochi: Columnist, Boston Globe
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