President Obama Finally Comes Up with a Plan
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For the first time in the lengthy debate on healthcare reform, President Obama has come up with his own plan. Would it increase coverage and cut costs? Can it break the partisan gridlock on Capitol Hill? Will it help the Democrats regain public support in an election year? Also, another rough week ahead for Toyota, and Google is threatening to quit China because of hacking attacks. We hear the latest on who is responsible and why.
Another Rough Week Ahead for Toyota ()
The chief executive of Toyota, Akio Toyoda, will testify before Congress on Wednesday. Today, two additional subpoenas have been revealed, from a federal grand jury in New York and the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Justin Hyde, who reports from Washington for the Detroit Free Press, has an update.
- Justin Hyde: Washington Bureau Reporter, Detroit Free Press
President Obama Finally Comes Up with a Plan ()
Last year, the President called on Congress to come up with the details of healthcare reform. Instead of debate on reduced costs and expanded coverage, attention focused on special-interest deal-making on Capitol Hill. Today, despite public anxiety in an election year, President Obama is making a final push for comprehensive healthcare reform. The 11-page proposal unveiled by the White House rejects Republican calls to go back to the drawing board and builds on the Senate Democrats' plan: major new coverage for the uninsured, but no public option; new subsidies, taxes and regulations but no special deals for Nebraska. In advance of Thursday's bipartisan summit, to be televised live on C-Span, is it a script for serious talking points or another scene of political theater?
- Noam Levey: Reporter, Los Angeles Times, @NoamLevey
- Matt Miller: Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress, @mattmillernow
- Robert Book: Senior Research Fellow in Health Economics, Heritage Foundation's Center for Data Analysis
- Uwe Reinhardt: Professor of Political Economics and Public Affairs, Princeton University, @uwejreinhardt
More Information Implicating China in Attacks on Google ()
Computers used to hack into Google and as many as 30 other American companies have been located at two schools in China, both with military connections. Now it's reported that US analysts have identified the author of critical programming. Who is he? What's the role of the Chinese government? Joseph Menn reports from San Francisco for the Financial Times.
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