FROM James Gelfand
What Next for Efforts to Repeal Healthcare? Three Democrats joined all 242 Republicans yesterday to pass what's officially called the Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act . Democrats who control the Senate have said they won't even allow a vote on the measure. If it did pass in the Upper House, it would face a presidential veto. So, is it just a symbolic action and nothing more?
Healthcare, the Congress and Presidential Politics As promised during last year's campaign, House Republicans have voted unanimously to repeal the President's healthcare reform . Three Democrats joined the 242 Republicans yesterday to pass what's officially called the Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act . Democrats, who control the Senate, have said they won't even allow a vote on the measure, trumpeting the benefits they say would be lost. If it did pass in the Upper House, it would face a presidential veto. As both parties strategize for next year's presidential campaign, attorneys general in 26 states have taken the matter to federal court. What are the political risks for both sides? What's at stake for the federal deficit, job growth and business, and coverage for 30 million uninsured Americans?
House Democrats Unveil Healthcare Bill, Including Public Option President Obama pitched healthcare reform again today, this time to an audience of small business owners. Meantime, Democratic leaders in the House unveiled their compromise bill , including a government-run plan to compete with private insurance.
House Democrats Unveil Healthcare Bill, including Public Option Earlier this week, it was the Senate . President Obama pitched healthcare reform again today, this time to an audience of small business owners. Meantime, Democrats in the House announced it will take up its own version of a government plan to compete with private insurance. Speaker Nancy Pelosi made compromises to get the votes of moderates in her own party. Republicans said her plan came "lurching out of the back rooms…like another freight train of big government with more mandates and more spending and that's not what the American people want in healthcare reform." With debate to begin in both houses, we hear the pros and cons of the "public option" and other issues. If Independent Joe Lieberman won't go along, will a filibuster kill healthcare reform in the Senate?
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.