The New York Times reports that Senate majority leader Harry Reid has announced that the health insurance reform bill he will introduce in the Senate will have a public option, but one that allows individual states to 'opt-out' if they choose.
From the article it's not clear under what conditions, if any, states could choose to opt-out of coverage.
Senator Olympia Snowe of Maine, who was the only Republican to vote for the Senate Finance Committee's version of health insurance reform, is quoted in the article as saying she is "deeply disappointed with the majority leader’s decision to include a public option as the focus of the legislation.”
A week or so ago, we alerted NCR readers that one of our bloggers, Tom Gallagher, would be racing across the Sahara Desert in Egypt on a 150-mile race. It's not his first such race; he has competed in the Atacama Desert in Chile and the Gobi Desert in China.
For Gallagher, these events combine, he says, “athletics, spirituality and terrific people in a compelling location -- the desert.”
Gallagher uses his races as fundraisers and raised more than $30,000 for Malta House for women and children in Norwalk, Conn., through the first two races. His goal is to raise $15,000 in the Sahara. You can find out more at www.maltahouse.org.
Gallagher is in the desert and -- believe it or not -- he's blogging.
Here are his first to entries. We'll keep you posted.
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Cathleen Kaveny has an interesting reflection up on the dotCommonweal blog today about how Anglican priests who convert (married ones in particular) will need to change their views on contraception.
As Kaveny points out, Catholics will be have to be willing to support priests with large families - perhaps seven or eight children or more. And, converting Anglican priests (and their wives) will have to be prepared to live in what might be a rather uncomfortable fishbowl regarding their more private moments.
It seems there's going to need to be lots of flexibility from everybody involved on this one.
Read the post here.
As we head into the final week before the off-year elections, be prepared to read a lot of nonsense. The governor’s races in Virginia and New Jersey will tell us next to nothing about the national political winds for next year’s midterm elections.
In Virginia, governors are limited to a single term. If you follow the logic of some populists, this should result in enlightened government as the incumbent does not have to consider his re-election prospects when making decisions. But, in fact, gridlock has afflicted Richmond because the GOP has maintained control of one or both houses of the legislature while two back-to-back Democrats have been in the governor’s mansion.
Food Policy Councils bring together stakeholders from diverse food-related sectors to examine how the food system is operating and to develop recommendations on how to improve it. These councils take different forms: often a grassroots effort, but sometimes commissioned by a state or local government. Food policy councils are successful at educating officials and the public, shaping public policy, improving coordination between existing programs, and starting new programs. The first Food Policy Council started 20 years ago in the city of Knoxville. During the last five years, Food Policy Councils have gained momentum and today there are almost 50 councils nationwide.
How's that for Catholic news? The Irish are now 10-9 in the so-called "Holy War" (or "Vatican Bowl") between the two Catholic universities, after breaking the Eagles' six-game winning streak on Saturday--barely.
Don't talk to me about USC.
The Washington Post has posted an article online today exploring the recent news that the Vatican will be creating special structures for Anglicans wishing to convert to Roman Catholicism.
The article, written by David Gibson, author of "The Rule of Benedict: Pope Benedict XVI and His Battle with the Modern World", claims that the news shows that Benedict is, like any good 'liberal', a fan of change. Gibson also claims that the Pope's type of change completely alters the meaning of being Catholic.
Here's one of the take-away quotes:
October 26th is the feast of St. Alfred the Great!
Alfred found learning dead
and he restored it.
and he revived it.
The laws powerless,
and he gave them force.
The Church debased,
and he raised it.
The land ravaged by a fearful enemy,
from which he delivered it.
Alfred's name will live as long
as mankind shall respect the past.