Daily Archives: Sept. 22, 2007

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Rove thinks GOP can win on health care

Opinion polls show that Americans trust Democrats more than Republicans on health care. Nonetheless, former White House aide Karl Rove thinks that health care can be a winning issue for Republican candidates, if they offer a bold plan. “Conservatives must put forward reforms aimed at putting the patient in charge,” he wrote in the Wall Street Journal. “Increasing competition will ensure greater access, lower costs and more innovation.”
Rove’s policy recommendations include giving every worker a tax deduction for health-insurance premiums, making it easier to use tax-free medical savings accounts, and putting more information about the cost and quality of medical care in the hands of patients.
“In short,” Rove wrote, “the best health reform proposals will be those that recognize and build on the virtues of our market-based medical system.”
Posted by Phillip Brownlee

Clinton words show growing confidence

Hillary Clinton told a New York City fundraiser crowd Wednesday that “you can always tell when the Republicans are getting restless, because the vice president’s motorcade pulls into the Capitol, and Darth Vader emerges.”
Then during Thursday’s AARP forum in Iowa for Democratic candidates, Clinton referred to the “first Clinton administration.”
As MSNBC’s First Read blog noted of the last comment, “talk about growing confidence.” It will come in handy as she does interviews on all five news talk shows Sunday morning.
Posted by Rhonda Holman

WSU enrollment in right direction

Though small, the 1 percent increase in enrollment at Wichita State University is something to cheer after several years of flat or declining enrollments amid rising tuition. It’s also an affirmation of the university’s efforts to use one-year, $2,000 scholarships to lure more Sedgwick County high school graduates to WSU. The student body saw a 8.4 percent increase in such freshmen this fall, serving one of Visioneering Wichita’s key goals of slowing the loss of young adults. WSU also had an 11 percent jump in international students, a welcome rebound from the post-Sept. 11 decline.
Posted by Rhonda Holman

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