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HEALTHCARE:  A (Universal) Healthcare Plan that Works
Thursday, 12 June 2008

Q&A: MA State Senator Richard Moore, Senate Chair of the Legislature's Joint Committee on Health Care Financing

In 2006, Massachusetts passed the Health Care Reform Act, the first comprehensive health insurance plan in the United States. The plan requires all individuals to have healthcare, with the State stepping up for those unable to afford it. It creates a “Connector,” an agency that helps individuals to find an affordable plan, and allows individuals to opt out—for a while—with a set of defined reasons and a penalty clause.

Two years later, it's working. Yes, “working.” PT spoke with MA State Senator Richard Moore, one of the program's architects, to find out ...

Education Policy: Q&A with CA Senator Jack Scott
Sunday, 16 March 2008

EDUCATION POLICY: Equality, Knowledge, and Federalism

“Education is the future,” says CA State Senator Jack Scott, who chairs the State's Senate Committee on Education. Everyone agrees “that all Americans deserve a quality education,” but most political leaders launch into the ‘how?' before answering the ‘what?' in defining education policy. The 2008 Presidential candidates' position statements, for example, have focused on who sets educational goals and standards: parents or government? (Teachers, students anyone...

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Q&A: Kansas State Senator John Vratil
Wednesday, 14 November 2007

Policy Today talks with Kansas State Senator John Vratil about the future of education in Kansas and the problem of educational inequality in America.

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