17 Aug

links for 2009-08-17

  • "So GM has misfired on all three points, meaning it's made three promises that it can't keep." Does GM know how to sell cars.
  • "Carhart can't pinpoint how exactly he went from reluctant visitor to controversial abortion provider, why he chose a job that attracts death threats and protesters. Part of it is stubbornness; he won't be bullied out of what he sees as a legitimate medical specialty. "Abortion is not a four-letter word," he says. "I'm proud of what I do.""
  • "But Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said that this had never been Mr Obama's top priority. She hinted that he may accept the idea of non-profit insurance co-operatives. In an interview with CNN, Ms Sebelius said that Mr Obama's government-run insurance plan – a so-called "public option" – was "not the essential element" of the administration reforms.Separately, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs also refused to say that the "public option" was a make-or-break choice. Mr Gibbs said Mr Obama's administration would consider an alternative proposal of consumer-owned, non-profit co-operatives that would sell insurance in competition with private industry." I could see the point of the co-op's but would it actually be able to compete with the insurance industry?
  • "A Canadian woman, stranded in Kenya for three months because officials said she did not resemble her passport photo, has arrived home in Toronto. Canadian consular officials accused her of being an imposter, voided her passport and asked Kenyan officials to prosecute her. The results of a DNA test finally proved her identity, clearing the way for her return to Canada."

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