Congress Lurches toward Healthcare Reform
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Healthcare reform is finally headed toward the floors of the House and the Senate, presuming Democratic leaders can cobble together five different proposals. Can they do it by next week? What are the likely issues once debate finally gets under way? Also, NASA gets ready for its Moon crash mission, and in New Orleans, floating houses will provide protection from the next Katrina.
Banner image: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) (L) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) (2nd L) talk to members of the media outside the West Wing after meeting with President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden at the White House September 8, 2009. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
NASA Readies for Moon Crash Mission ()
- Richard Kerr: Senior Writer, Science magazine
Congress Lurches toward Healthcare Reform ()
President Obama says healthcare reform is "closer than ever," conceding what everybody knows, that there's still "a long way to go." There remain five different versions of the biggest government undertaking in 44 years, three in the House and two in the Senate. Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi must reconcile their respective committee reports to produce massive bills, hundreds of pages long, for debate and amendment. What's common to all five proposals and what are the major differences? What about coverage, cost, affordability and the "public option?"
- Jonathan Cohn: Senior Editor, The New Republic, @CitizenCohn
- Henry Aaron: Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution, @BrookingsInst
- Emily Friedman: Adjunct Assistant Professor of Bioethics, Boston University
- Megan McArdle: Business and Economics Editor, The Atlantic, @asymmetricinfo
A Floating House for New Orleans ()
When Hurricane Katrina flooded New Orleans four years ago, the Ninth Ward was virtually wiped away. Despite new dikes and levees, few people doubt there will be more flooding to come. Today a new kind of house was unveiled in the Ninth Ward as a hedge against an uncertain future. Pritzker Prize-winning architect Thom Mayne, known for buildings that are monumental in scale, has designed a house that can be mass produced, affordable. It also floats!
- Thom Mayne: Founder and Design Director, Morphosis Architects
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