Maryland Lawmakers React To Obama's Health Plan | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

Filed Under:

Maryland Lawmakers React To Obama's Health Plan

Play associated audio

By Peter Granitz

Lawmakers in Maryland are reviewing President Obama's health care draft in preparation of Thursday's health care summit. But not all expect sweeping progress.

The White House is deeming the plan a compromise between both sides of the Capitol. The president's version will dole out cash to states to cover increased Medicare costs, cover more than 30 million new people and mandate people carry health insurance. It all comes at a cost of $950 billion. So politics is sure to shroud Thursday's meeting.

Maryland Democratic Senator Ben Cardin says he believes lawmakers can reach concrete results, if the other side cooperates.

"It depends on what their purpose is," says Cardin. "If their purpose is to show what we need in health reform, the Republicans have a chance on Thursday. If it is to be dilatory, we'll find out."

Neither Cardin nor Maryland's lone Republican will attend. Roscoe Bartlett says the president's plan doesn't provide enough specifics, and he doesn't buy the aid to states.

"We don't have any money except money we take from the states," says Bartlett. "This is a huge farce."

It's unclear when a final bill might be reached.

NPR

How'd A Cartoonist Sell His First Drawing? It Only Took 610 Tries

Tom Toro was a directionless 20-something film school dropout. Then, after an inspired moment at a used book sale, he started submitting drawings to The New Yorker ... and collecting rejection slips.
NPR

Will Environmentalists Fall For Faux Fish Made From Plants?

A handful of chefs and food companies are experimenting with fish-like alternatives to seafood. But the market is still a few steps behind plant-based products for meat and dairy.
WAMU 88.5

Plan To Offer Free Community College Divides Along Party Lines

In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama laid out a plan to offer two years of community college. But at least in Northern Virginia, support for the proposal seems split on partisan lines.

WAMU 88.5

Drone Found On White House Grounds, Not Regarded As Ongoing Threat

A drone landed in a tree on the White House grounds shortly after 3 a.m. Monday morning, touching off a security response.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.