The changes unleashed by health care reform may survive regardless of the Supreme Court’s ruling on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, health care executives predict. Just like states — some of which have taken big steps to implement the measure — a growing number of industry officials say the law has “unleashed momentum for changes in the market and provided benefits” that they want to keep. “The Affordable Care Act has many component parts, and it’s likely that even if the court rules that sections of the law are unconstitutional, other sections of the law will remain in effect or be reinstated through other congressional action,” said Grand View Hospital CEO Stuart H. Fine, reflecting the growing consensus that hospitals and the health insurance industry see the ACA as the law of the land and are moving quickly to implement many of its changes.
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Renewables “help jobs and growth”: The renewable energy industry supports 110,000 jobs in the UK and could support 400,000 by 2020, a report says. [BBC]
Barack Obama has launched a new green re-election site hoping to make up with environmental voters ahead of next November’s vote. Environmentalists for Obama is aimed at organizing green voters, who have had a complicated relationship with the Obama White House. [Guardian]
The extended closure of the San Onofre nuclear plant due to safety concerns has led some to speculate ? or hope ? that the plant will be shuttered for good, but the chief nuclear officer for plant operator Southern California Edison said he doesn’t believe the problems signal the plant’s demise. [Los Angeles Times]
The UK and US will work together to develop “floating” wind turbines to harness more offshore wind power at a potentially lower cost, the government said on Monday. [Guardian]
Why is Jon Huntsman going rogue? Having utterly flopped in the Republican primaries, the former Utah governor now seems intent on trashing the party. [Daily Beast]
China?s leaders are finding it?s a lot tougher to create a world-beating electric car industry than they hoped. [Associated Press]
For seven decades, Pemex, Mexico?s state-owned oil monopoly and a mainstay of the government?s revenue, regulated itself ? which is a polite way of saying it could do pretty much as it pleased. [New York Times]
Demand for solar panels in Germany, the world?s largest market for the equipment, may hold up until the third quarter, according to the biggest builder of sun- powered plants. [Bloomberg]
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The Barack Obama campaign has apparently made a decision to run to the right of mainstream America on environmental issues. That's their choice, but if they don't want to fire up environmentalists to fight to re-elect President Obama, why are they now launching a ham-handed Environmentalists for Obama campaign?
The Obama campaign released this video in conjunction with Earth Day, but as ClimateProgress' Joe Romm points out, it makes no mention of global warming, the biggest threat to Earth's life and ecosystems. That's why I say the Obama campaign is running to the right of America - poll after poll shows a majority of Americans understand the threat posed by climate change, but the Obama campaign has apparently chosen to ignore the majority's concerns and instead woo the skeptical minority. Best of luck with that.
Also noticeably absent from President Obama's Earth Day outreach to environmentalists - wildlife. The video shows beautiful landscapes and depicts them as great habitats for mountain bikers and little else. Really? Not even a quick shot of a bald eagle, that great Endangered Species Act success story?
I was most confused and frankly insulted by the Obama campaign having their man go on and on about "energy independence." This is supposed to be the environmentalist pitch and you're talking to me not about less drilling and fewer oil spills, but about national security?
Environmentalists are ready to be fired up to re-elect President Obama. But if his campaign doesn't know how to drop the cold-blooded calculated messaging for even two minutes to inspire their base, a key opportunity could be lost.
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? UT-Sen: In case you missed it over the weekend, the state parties held their nominating conventions in Utah. The marquee event was the Utah Senate race, where various hardcore conservatives were hoping to send insufficiently right-wing Orrin Hatch down the same road as Bob Bennett in 2010 (who finished third at convention, ending his career then and there). Hatch was much better prepared than Bennett, though, and going into Saturday the real question wasn't whether he'd survive the convention but whether he'd clear the 60% needed to win the nomination outright and avoid a primary.
In the end, he didn't, despite most polls showing he would: he got 59.2%, forcing him into a primary with second-place finisher ex-state Sen. Dan Liljenquist. Hatch remains the favorite here, given that the June 26 primary is a broader, less doctrinaire slice of the population. We hadn't given much thought to who his Democratic opponent would be, but the name less familiar to the netroots (though probably more familiar to Dems on the ground in Utah) won: former state Sen. Scott Howell won the nomination outright against tech businessman (and 2006 Senate race loser) Pete Ashdown.
Florida Marlin manager Ozzie Guillen voiced some opinions on Cuban leader Fidel Castro and was immediately suspended by Major League Baseball for five games. Among his words were, ?I love Fidel Castro. I respect Fidel Castro, you know why? A lot of people have wanted to kill Fidel Castro for the last 60 years, but [...]Related posts:
Earlier this month, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops called for two weeks of public protest in June and July against what it sees as growing government encroachment on religious freedom.Can't be long now until they start cutting off communion to Democrats.
The protests are expected to include priests and nuns and thousands of Catholic parishioners. Some activists expect civil disobedience, which could lead to powerful images of priests and nuns being led away in hand restraints.
Key findings from the [PPP] survey include:But even better? The more the fringe Catholic leadership rabble-rouses on this issue, the more it actually hurts Romney, according to PPP:
-57% of Catholic voters support the new policy President Obama announced yesterday allowing women who work for religiously-affiliated hospitals and universities to receive coverage for prescription birth control without requiring Catholic institutions to pay for the coverage directly. Only 29% oppose the policy because they believe it still goes too far in requiring birth control coverage; additionally 5% oppose it because they think Catholic hospitals and universities should be required to pay for this coverage. Catholic women are particularly positive toward the policy, with 59% of them expressing support.
-With the inclusion of President Obama?s solution for religiously-affiliated institutions, Catholics favor the requirement that health plans cover prescription birth control by a margin of 54% to 42%. Catholic Democrats (80% - 17%) favor the requirement by virtually the same margin that Catholic Republicans (16% - 79%) oppose it; significantly, politically independent Catholics favor the requirement by an 18-point margin (56% to 38%). Catholic women also favor it by an 18-point margin, while Catholic men favor it by a 4-point margin.
-This issue has the potential to cause Mitt Romney trouble with Catholic voters in the fall. 51% say they side with Barack Obama on this issue, while only 38% preferAnd it may just throw control of the US House to Democrats, again from PPP:
Romney?s position. Hispanic Catholics, a group Romney must make in roads with, go with Obama 59/32 on the policy and Catholic women do so by a 54/35 margin. Catholics ave been a key swing voting group in recent elections, supporting George W. Bush in 2004 and then Obama in 2008. Obama?s even-handed approach on this issue has him positioned well with Catholics for the fall.
-Congressional Republicans risk losing their majority in the House and squandering any opportunities in the Senate by continuing attacks on the popular birth control benefit.The trick here for the Obama administration, and campaign, is to make sure that any stories about the Catholic protests explain WHY people are protesting - namely, the Obama birth control benefit policy that most Catholics agree with.
The next health care overhaul? Look to employers: “If the Supreme Court strikes down President Barack Obama’s health care law, employers and insurance companies — not the government — will be the main drivers of change over the next decade and maybe even longer. They’ll borrow some ideas from Obamacare, and push harder to cut costs.” [AP]
California’s working poor would lose a lot if health reform law dies: “If the healthcare reform law is thrown out by theU.S. Supreme Court ? as many fear could happen based on the comments of conservative justices ? more than 700,000 low-income Californians could lose a once-in-a-lifetime chance to obtain affordable health insurance.” [LA Times]
Al Franken defends health reform: “Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) waded into an old partisan debate Monday when he wrote that skeptics of the 2010 healthcare law might simply not have the right facts. “I ask the American people not to fall victim to disinformation. There are no death panels. The Affordable Care Act cuts the deficit,” he wrote. [The Hill]
Planned Parenthood targeted as Ohio considers grant restrictions: “Ohio lawmakers are considering a budget provision like one that caused five of six Planned Parenthood affiliates in Texas to lose funding and, the group says, left poor women without access to preventive health care.” [Bloomberg]
Most hospitals expect health reform to cut revenue: “About 55 percent of hospitals are bracing for a decline in revenue because of health care reform, according to a new survey.” [Cincy Biz Blog]
G.A.O. calls test project by Medicare costly waste: “Medicare is wasting more than $8 billion on an experimental program that rewards providers of mediocre health care and is unlikely to produce useful results, federal investigators say in a new report.” [NY Times]