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?
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
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.