Healthcare Reform: Should Obama Have Fought for Single-Payer?
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Healthcare Reform: Should Obama Have Fought for Single-Payer?

The President wants the US Supreme Court to resolve constitutional issues over his healthcare reform. What could that mean for next year's elections? Is a "single payer" plan providing "universal coverage" still a live issue after all? Also, another Washington budget showdown in the works, and Occupy Wall Street spreads to other cities and finds a message: "We are the 99 percent." We hear what that means.

Banner image: President Barack Obama speaks during a Cabinet Meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, DC, October 3, 2011. Seated alongside him are (L-R): Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Photo by Saul LOEB/AFP/Getty Images

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Another Washington Budget Showdown in the Works? ()

After threatening a government shutdown last spring and provoking a debt-limit crisis, House Republicans are now laying the groundwork for another attack on federal spending. Targets include healthcare, family planning, education and National Public Radio. David Hawkings is Editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, a Washington news service.

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The President, the US Supreme Court and Healthcare Reform ()

The US Supreme Court opens a new session today with an unexpected challenge. President Obama's healthcare reform requires all Americans to buy health insurance, but 26 states have sued, claiming that's unconstitutional. The federal courts are so divided that the Obama Justice Department has now asked the Supreme Court to resolve the issue once and for all. That could be a major gamble for his re-election campaign, depending on whether the court takes the case, what it decides and when. With health costs and premiums rising, it also poses a lingering question: should the President have proposed a single-payer plan in the first place?

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Reporter's Notebook

Occupy Wall Street Catches On around the Country ()

Friday, we discussed Occupy Wall Street and asked if two weeks of protests by a few hundred people might escalate into something more. Over the weekend, groups settled down outside City Hall in Los Angeles and planned to snarl rush-hour traffic in Chicago and Boston. They also appear to have found a central message. "We are the 99 percent" is a slogan now being repeated by protesters in several cities and circulated on the Internet, where the Tumbler blog shows pictures of hand written explanations. Nate Rawlings is covering the story for Time magazine.

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