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Sunday, July 21, 2024

Democrats grow impatient over health care

With President Barack Obama’s political fortunes on the line, Democrats in Congress vowed on Monday to push healthcare reform through the Senate with or without Republican support.

"No matter what happens we are going to enact healthcare reform by the end of the year," said Senator Charles Schumer, one of the Democrats who has been working with Republicans to craft a bipartisan plan in that chamber.

Obama has made overhaul of the $2.5 trillion healthcare system this year his top domestic priority, saying it is central to long-term economic recovery, and its success or failure could define his presidency.

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Obama’s health numbers don’t add up

Some of President Barack Obama’s health care numbers don’t seem to add up. And that’s complicating his efforts to pass his top domestic priority.

Obama could be falling into the same trap that snagged George W. Bush when he was pushing private accounts for Social Security as part of his "ownership society" in 2005. Bush’s claims that the proposal would help shore up Social Security’s long-term finances were hard to document mathematically and wound up feeding greater public skepticism.

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Can Obama keep his no-tax pledge?

President Barack Obama is struggling to find a way to pay for an overhaul of the nation’s health care system without violating his campaign promise not to raise taxes on the middle class.

Obama’s dilemma was highlighted this week when two top economic advisers refused to rule out a middle class tax hike as a possible way to pay the health care overhaul bill or to reduce the rapidly escalating federal deficit. They were quickly overruled by a White House that insisted Obama intends to keep his campaign promise.

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Bill Clinton plays negotiator

Former president Bill Clinton arrived in North Korea on Tuesday on a surprise mission to free two jailed US journalists, in what was the highest-profile visit by an American to Pyongyang for nearly a decade.

"Our interest is the successful completion of this issue and to confirm the safe return of the two journalists," a US official travelling separately with the ex-president’s wife, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, told reporters.

The official added Clinton’s visit to Pyongyang would likely be short but refused to give more details. South Korea’s Munhwa Ilbo newspaper said he was expected to return to Washington on Wednesday.

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Time to make cell phone use illegal while driving

The National Safety Council advocates a total ban on all cell-phone use while driving. Further, a study by the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis estimated that 6 percent of vehicle crashes, causing 2,600 deaths and 12,000 serious injuries a year, are attributable to cell-phone use.

As a daily commuter, I often find myself, through no fault of my own, placed in life-threatening situations resulting from some cell-telephone user’s inattention to the task at hand. Since my safety, and that of my fellow travelers, depends upon other drivers’ concentration and consideration, it is clearly time for appropriate legislative action to end this very real and, unfortunately, increasingly common menace.

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Using free money to make a program work

Why would anybody be surprised — and some in Congress apparently are — that the government’s "Cash for Clunkers" program is wildly successful?

True, the American people can sometimes be a trifle dense about economic matters — we want a whole lot of government services, but we don’t want to pay any money for them. But Cash for Clunkers in any case doesn’t make a great deal of sense economically. The American public does, however, have a ready grasp of the concept of free money.

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