FROM Alex Wayne
Do Trump's tweets change the minds of manufacturing companies? Fiat Chrysler announced it will create thousands of jobs in Michigan. Donald Trump has appeared to take credit for that in a tweet. But the company said the move was in the works for a while, and Trump had nothing to do with it. However, Trump’s tweets can affect stock prices. So are companies now forced to take that into consideration as they plan their future?
Healthcare Bill's New Momentum with Deficit Reduction Forecast With a House vote on healthcare reform planned for this Sunday, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office today assessed the cost at $940 billion over 10 years, an amount that would cut the deficit by $138 billion. Alex Wayne covers healthcare for Congressional Quarterly .
Will Healthcare Reform Get to the Senate Floor? After many delays, Senate leader Harry Reid finally unveiled his version of healthcare reform last night in Washington. He called the legislation a "tremendous step forward…(b)ecause it saves lives, saves money and protects Medicare -- makes Medicare stronger."
Will Healthcare Reform Get to the Senate Floor? The Senate's healthcare reform bill is finally a 2000-page, $848-billion reality, including the public option, with an allowance for states to opt out. It would cover 94% of legal American residents and reduce the deficit with Medicare cuts and taxes on cosmetic surgery and so-called "Cadillac" plans. What's the same and what's different from the bill passed by the House? What about abortion? Can Republicans prevent the bill from reaching the Senate floor?
Senate Finance Committee Passes Healthcare Reform Bill Senate Finance today became the fifth Committee of Congress to take up healthcare reform , with a version designed to get enough votes to pass the full Senate. One of the big questions about reform was whether a single Republican would be willing to go along. In Senate Finance today, all eyes were on Olympia Snowe of Maine. Alex Wayne covers healthcare policy for CQPolitics.com .
Baucus Releases Long-Awaited Healthcare Bill Senate Finance Committee Chair Max Baucus today finally unveiled a healthcare reform plan that would cost $856 billion over ten years. It would require most Americans to carry health insurance, and establish nonprofit co-ops instead of a "public option." He led a group of three Democrats and three Republicans that was called the best hope for a bipartisan package. So far, no Republicans have signed on. Alex Wayne covers health care for Congressional Quarterly.
Is This Finally the Moment for Healthcare Reform? President Obama says healthcare costs are the biggest obstacle to economic recovery, and a powerful coalition of interest groups has been assembled. The President wants reform enacted before Congress goes home in August, but devilish details are not yet resolved. Insurance companies are all in favor of mandatory coverage, but an optional public plan could drive them away from the table. Some consumer groups won't support anything but a single-payer plan. We look at policy options, politics and efforts at cost control.
Bush Vetoes SCHIP with Little Fanfare The ink was barely dry today before a rare Bush veto was denounced by medical groups, family advocates and Democrats. Many Republicans are also dismayed that he chose to block expansion of the State Children's Health Insurance Program . Was it a political blunder? Expansion of SCHIP had support from die-hard conservatives, including Orin Hatch , Charles Grassley and Pat Roberts —enough Republican Senators to override a presidential veto. The big question is now in the House. Alex Wayne is covering SCHIP for Congressional Quarterly .
Health Insurance on Capitol Hill and the Presidential Trail While Hillary Clinton and the rest of the candidates are debating healthcare reform, President Bush and the Congress are at odds over a current program that's about to expire. The State Children's Health Insurance Program was created to provide coverage for children of the working poor—kids whose parents make too much for Medicaid but still can't afford private insurance. After ten years, both parties agree it's been a success—but it's scheduled to expire at the end of this month. In the Senate, Democrats and Republicans have agreed to expand it into the lower middle class. In the House, Democrats working alone have approved a much bigger expansion . President Bush has threatened to veto either version. Claiming that expansion of the program would move middle class families who can afford private insurance to let the government pay, the Administration has enacted new guidelines, requiring privately insured families to wait for a year before they're eligible for SCHIP.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?