First Topic – Kresta Comments
Second Topic – Health Care Reform: A Proposal on the Table
House Democrats are preparing to advance legislation that would deliver on President Barack Obama's promise to remake the nation's costly health care system and cover some 50 million uninsured. On the heels of the Senate health committee's approval Wednesday of a plan to revamp U.S. health care, three House committees with jurisdiction over the issue were shifting into action. Rep. Mike Ross, D-Ark., who chairs the Blue Dogs' health care task force, said the group would need to see significant changes to protect small businesses and rural providers and contain costs before it could sign on. Meanwhile, Obama was doing all he could to encourage Congress to act and pro-life leaders are doing all they can to make sure abortion is not promoted in the bill. We talk to Kevin Schmeising, co-author of “A Prescription for Health Care Reform.”
Third Topic – Al Qaeda message urges Pakistanis to back militants
The people of Pakistan must back Islamic militants to counter the influence of the United States in their country or face punishment from God, Ayman al-Zawahiri, al Qaeda's second in command, said in an audio message released yesterday. Brigitte Gabriel says this shows the desperation of Al-Qaida to keep on going in its supposedly strongest region. Al-Qaida is fighting to survive and has lost its fundamental strength in the last few years. The U.S. government has killed or captured over 60% of Al-Qaida's leadership. She is here for analysis of the audio tape.