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Obama’s Health Care Show Stopper?

March 7, 2009

The search for agreement on health care may be short lived.

The flashpoint is a proposal that would give Americans the option of buying medical coverage through a government plan. President Barack Obama and many Democrats have endorsed it, as one part of a broader health overhaul. On Saturday, Republicans laid down a challenge.

By Ricardo Alonso-zaldivar, Associated Press Writer

“I’m concerned that if the government steps in, it will eventually push out the private health care plans millions of Americans enjoy today,” Rep. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., said in the Republican weekly radio address.

Blunt, who will play a leading role in the debate, warned: “This could cause your employer to simply stop offering coverage, hoping the government will pick up the slack.”

The proposal he referred to would, for the first time, offer government-sponsored coverage to middle-class families, as an alternative to private health plans. By some estimates, it could reduce premiums by 20 percent or more — making it much more affordable to cover the estimated 48 million people who don’t have health coverage.

It could also be a deal breaker for broad, bipartisan agreement on health care.

Insurers fear competition from a government plan could drive them out of business, and Republicans worry it would lead to a government takeover of health care. Liberals, meanwhile, are equally adamant that Americans deserve the choice of government-sponsored health care.

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President Barack Obama greets lawmakers at the White House Forum ... 
President Barack Obama greets lawmakers at the White House Forum on Health Reform in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, March 5, 2009.(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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Change: Obama Promised More Health Care Funding; But We Need Less

January 12, 2009

Will Obama be so bold? In the campaign, he proposed more, not less, health spending. It’s easier to embrace the rhetoric of change than change itself.

By Robert J.  Samuelson
The Washington Post

Barack Obama talked somberly last week about getting the federal budget under control once the present economic crisis has passed. To do that, he’ll have to confront the rapid growth of health spending, which in 2007 was already a quarter of total federal spending of $2.7 trillion. If Obama is serious, he should read a fascinating study from the McKinsey Global Institute, the research arm of the famed consulting company.

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China Warships Depart on Anti-Piracy Mission Near Somalia

December 17, 2008

Three Chinese warships departed their homeland today a seemingly minor and some say symbolic anti-piracy mission near Somalia.

But the “out of area” deployment of Naval Warships from China is really the first such adventure in hundreds of years.

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China’s Naval Task Force Departs For Historic Near Africa Mission; International Hopes

The story below was prepared before the ships departed China:

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In what would be the first active deployment of its warships beyond the Pacific, China appears set to send naval vessels to help in the fight against hijackers in the pirate-infested Gulf of Aden.

A vice foreign minister and a leading naval strategist were quoted in Chinese state media on Wednesday as saying that Beijing is close to mounting a naval mission in the gulf.

By Mark McDonald
The New York Times

Related:
China Launching First Long-Range Naval Mission Since 15th Century 

China Says Navy Force to Fight Somali Pirates

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China has many warships well suited to anti-piracy patrol

“China is seriously considering sending naval ships to the Gulf of Aden and waters off the Somali coast for escorting operations in the near future,” said the Foreign Ministry official, He Yafei, quoted by Xinhua, the official Chinese news agency. His remarks came at a ministerial meeting of the United Nations Security Council.

Li Jie, a military strategist and naval expert, told the state-run China Daily that cooperating with a multinational force operating against East African pirates would be a “very good opportunity” for the Chinese Navy.

“Apart from fighting pirates,” he said, “another key goal is to register the presence of the Chinese Navy.”

The newspaper earlier this month said Maj. Gen. Jin Yinan, a military planner at the National Defense University, had conceived the Gulf of Aden plan. The paper quoted General Jin as saying that “the Chinese Navy should send naval vessels to the Gulf of Aden to carry out anti-piracy duties.”

“If one day the Chinese Navy sends ships to deal with pirates,” he said, “nobody should be shocked.”

Traditionally concerned with coastal defense, the People’s Liberation Army Navy has been undergoing a wide and rapid modernization program, especially in the bolstering of its submarine fleet. A long-range goal of the Chinese expansion has been the development of a blue-water navy capable of extended tours.

Related:

China Conducts Massive Anti-Piracy Drill; May Send Ships Near Somalia

Anti-Piracy: Where’s China’s Navy?

UN Approves Pursuit of Pirates Over Land, Into Somalia

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http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/18/wo
rld/asia/18patrols.html