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?
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?
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
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?
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.