President Obama took his health care message to talk radio Thursday, telling listeners of Philadelphia-based host Michael Smerconish that he wants to overhaul the nation’s ailing health care system out of necessity rather than politics.
Sen. Edward Kennedy, who is battling brain cancer, is urging Massachusetts officials to change a law to allow for an immediate temporary replacement should a vacancy occur for one of his state’s two Senate seats. Under a 2004 Massachusetts law, a special election must be held 145 to 160 days after a Senate seat becomes vacant
At least 24 people died late Thursday in Panama in a crash between a truck and a bus, President Ricardo Martinelli said at the scene of the accident. I arrived here a couple of days ahead of the president in order to get a better read on his reform effort by talking to people like Sonja McDonald, who told me her husband’s job as a diesel mechanic doesn’t provide health insurance for them and their two children. So I found McDonald at a remarkable local clinic getting a low-cost tooth extraction because she has not been able to afford a trip to the dentist in a couple of years
Spend a day in this tiny town about 23 miles or so from where President Obama will be holding a town hall meeting on Friday, and it’s easy to see why his health-care push is facing big problems in Big Sky country — even from the people he’s trying to help.
The death toll from a fire Friday at a Mexican day care center in the northwestern state of Sonora has risen to at least 31, the government reported Saturday via the state-run news agency. At least 28 people were injured in the 3 p.m. blaze in Hermosillo, the official Notimex news agency said.
Army Maj. Steven Hutchison fought battles in the jungles of Vietnam.
President Obama said Monday that he has secured the commitment of several key industry groups to do their part to rein in the growth of health care costs. This pledge from the private sector could reduce the growth in health care spending by 1.5 percentage points a year, for a savings of $2 trillion over 10 years, according to senior administration officials.