FROM Linda Feldman
Healthcare Reform: Should Obama Have Fought for Single-Payer? The US Supreme Court opened a new session today with an unexpected challenge. The Obama Justice Department has asked that it resolve differences between lower courts on the President’s controversial healthcare reform, specifically the mandate for all Americans to buy health insurance whether they want to or not. What could that mean for next year's elections? Is a "single payer" plan providing "universal coverage" still a live issue after all?
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?
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
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?
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.