GOP's Josh Penry is hailed as an up-and-comer who can help buoy a down-and-out party, at least in the Rocky Mountain West.
With Obama tied up at the UN, Vice President Biden is out front on health reform. On Wednesday, he reassured seniors in suburban Maryland about their Medicare coverage.
Congress should adopt a national version of the self-insurance now practiced by many large employers.
Republicans say it's too costly. Liberal Democrats complain that it doesn't do enough for the uninsured. But unlike House plans, it wouldn't add to the deficit.
Many Americans who have insurance, including the union-hall set, are wary of overhaul and would rather stick with the status quo.
Obama has called for a mechanism that would trigger budget slashing if the health overhaul adds to the federal deficit.
Doctors need incentives for good care, not more care.
Nearly 40 million Americans were living in poverty last year. The Census Bureau reports a significant rise among children.