Health-care deal isn’t perfect, but it’s the best one so far

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champIf that’s not challenge enough, the deal also requires voter approval on the November 2008 ballot, and it relies on federal funding that may or may not materialize. And all of that will be moot if federal courts stick to past precedents and find the legislation faulty because employers would be forced to provide health insurance. In this case, the measure doesn’t require private employers per se to provide health insurance, but it does force them to contribute up to 6.5 percent of the payroll to a state fund if they don’t. Still, there is reason to be optimistic. After months of failed negotiations, it seemed that the governor and Legislature might end the year unable to compromise on their competing reform bills. To be sure, it will face serious opposition from insurers, the California Nurses Federation, legislative Republicans and the tobacco industry. They all have legitimate concerns. But the current system is shamefully broken, leaving working families unable to afford basic health care and an uneven burden on those with insurance to pick up the cost of the millions of uninsured. This plan certainly isn’t perfect, but right now, it’s the best California has got. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Although Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Assembly Speaker Fabian Nu ez celebrated their health-care reform deal Monday with much mutual appreciation, it’s a bit early to be claiming victory. The Assembly approved a compromise deal that would make health insurance mandatory, affordable and within reach for virtually everyone in California, funded by an employer payroll tax, a $2 cigarette-tax hike and federal matching funds. But first there’s Don Perata to deal with; the taciturn leader of the state Senate has put the kibosh on more than one deal between the Assembly and the governor. Perata said he wasn’t going to call the full Senate back in for a vote before the end of the year. Furthermore, he said he isn’t sold on this $14.4 billion plan and will have to take a hard look at it in the context of a state budget deficit. last_img read more

Spring Is Coming; Drake Football Announces Spring Schedule And Events

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – First-year Drake University football head coach Todd Stepsis has announced the Bulldogs’ 2019 Spring Schedule. In addition to practices and the annual Blue & White Game, the schedule features multiple alumni events.The 14-practice spring schedule starts March 12 on Johnny Bright Field inside Drake Stadium and culminates with the annual Blue & White spring game April 20. All practices are open to the public, future recruits and media. Any alumni or recruits interesting in attending should contact assistant coach John Bloss ([email protected]). Media that wishes to cover practices should contact Ty Patton ([email protected])The full spring practice schedule is as follows.March 14, 26, 28, 30April 2, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 18, 22Spring Game – April 20 – 3 p.m.Stepsis and the Bulldogs are also hosting two alumni events in April and May as part of a busy sprint.The Bulldogs welcome alumni back for the spring game to participate in an alumni flag football game April 20 at 1p.m. The game begins a full day of Drake football at Drake Stadium with the Spring Game following at 3 p.m. and an alumni reception nearby at Peggy’s starting at 4:30 p.m.For more information, football alumni should request an invitation to the Bulldog Football Family Facebook group and visit the event by clicking here.In May, the Bulldogs will host a Chicago Alumni Reunion May 16 at Ditka’s Restaurant in Oakbrook Terrace, Ill. (2 Mid America Plaza, Suite 100, Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181). All former student-athletes and parents are invited to join the staff at 6 p.m. for a celebration of Drake football in the Chicagoland region.For more information, click here, or request to join the Bulldog Football Family Facebook group.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more