FROM Tom Chorneau
Healthcare Overhaul Reaches Assembly Floor, but Deficit Could Stop It from Getting to the Senate An Assembly Committee passed a $15 billion dollar health care reform plan this afternoon. The full Assembly took it up later but the Senate won’t be back in Sacramento ‘til next year.
Schwarzenegger Calls a Special Session on Health Care and Water Before adjourning at 3 o’clock this morning, the State Assembly and Senate gave the Anschutz Entertainment Group , owner of Staples Center --the right to compete for 2.8 billion dollars in housing bonds. Advocates of affordable housing were opposed, but Anschutz has contributed $50,000 dollars for a ballot measure that would extend the legislators’ term limits. Also, Governor Schwartzenegger calls two special sessions on health care and water.
Schwarzenegger Takes Up Health Care Reform…Again The California Field Poll out today says 69% of the voters are unhappy with the health care with 36% favoring one that’s government run. That’s not what Governor Schwarzenegger is proposing but, with the budget battle now over, he turned his attention to his own plan for reform.
Governor Schwarzenegger's New Health Insurance Policy Governor Schwarzenegger today announced a plan to require all Californians to have health insurance , a proposal to fix what he calls a "broken healthcare system." Those who could not afford insurance would be helped by the state, and insurance companies would not be allowed to reject anyone because of age or medical condition. Today's plan may be ambitious, but it comes just a day after another proposal, which could do harm to some of the same people the medical plan is supposed to help. The Governor wants a rollback of welfare payments, including a cutoff to tens of thousands of children whose parents don't meet certain requirements. We hear more on a plan the Governor says "will make history," and ask if cuts in welfare would take away with one hand what he says he'll give with the other?
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
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.