The Europeans have been there. And done that.
And now they're looking for Plan B.
The Times would be wise to as well.
More Health-Care PolitickingCut out the weasel words and you get this: If signed by the President, SCHIP will be made available to people who can afford their own insurance. And, despite the fact that "it seeks (seeks? What in God's name does that imply?) to lessen the risk that families will drop private insurance to put their children on SCHIP," families will drop private insurance to put their children on SCHIP.
The latest version of the measure expanding the State Children's Health Insurance Program makes significant changes to address the criticisms of President Bush and some Republican lawmakers. The compromise focuses more resources on enrolling the poorest children; further reduces eligibility for childless adults; and strengthens protections to ensure that illegal immigrants do not receive benefits. It caps SCHIP eligibility at three times the federal poverty level, ending the bogus argument about covering children in families earning as much as $83,000 a year. And it seeks to lessen the risk that families will drop private insurance to put their children on SCHIP by making more SCHIP money available to help pay premiums for private insurance. Mr. Bush's assertion that the measure "fails to do what needs to be done to put poor children first" is unconvincing. (link)
Astronauts Discover Damage to Space StationSo now resources will be diverted from remodeling the space station to repairing the space station. Precious resources.
By John Schwartz, The New York Times
Spacewalking astronauts yesterday found evidence of damage to a crucial part of the International Space Station’s power system.
The discovery of what appear to be metallic shavings in one of the station’s enormous rotating joint assemblies suggested problems for the orbiting space station that could affect ambitious plans to add two power-hungry laboratories. (link)
A high-profile documentary, Sony Pictures Classics' "Jimmy Carter: Man From Plains," had a poor debut, taking in just $10,573 at seven theaters. The film from director Jonathan Demme ("The Silence of the Lambs") follows the former president during a tour to promote his book "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid." (link)You'd think Hollywood and the always-fawning news media elite would have accounted for more turnout than that.