The First Draft: Can he make a deal?

July 29, 2009

President Barack Obama hits the road again today to stump for healthcare reform.

In a throwback to the presidential campaign, he will hold town-hall style meetings at a high school in Raleigh, North Carolina and at a supermarket in Bristol, Virginia.USA/

Obama will try to explain and drum up support for his top legislative priority — an overhaul of the healthcare system. He wants to end discrimination and close coverage gaps that currently exist in the current health insurance system.

The president had originally wanted to see a deal before lawmakers left for their month-long August recess but that is appearing unlikely. Members of the Senate Finance Committee, who are working on the financial details of a proposed deal, have made some progress and are hopeful of reaching agreement soon.

On the business front one of the biggest stories out today is that Microsoft and Yahoo reached a deal on a Web search partnership that aims to compete with market leader Google. Yahoo dropped in pre-market trading but what will happen to Microsoft and Google shares?

And for your morning laugh — check out the perils of relying on GPS when you misspell the name of the town you’re aiming for.

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Photo credit: REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton (Norma Fuller tends to her daughter Ashley while waiting for treatment at a free health clinic held at a fairgrounds in Wise, Virginia)

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there is fundamental awareness of the abuses and inherent incompetence of any government run service.the state of the finances and competitiveness of the post office which is loosing billions of dollars, endorses these facts.sadly there is limited enthusiasm to try to reverse the fortunes of the services particularly when there is a close connection with the respective unions and a democratic government.this is what a obama has got to over come to convince the average american,that a state run health service will not join the other government dinosaurs.the stark reality that the democratic congress adds to this negativity as they continue to hit the headlines with “rumours”of unethical conduct with makes the process even harder.i am personally not a supporter of obama,s socialist agenda,but i try to separate that from my opinion of obama as a person,but reading some of the posts recently i think because of the lefts hatred of bush and palin it has caused a back lash for obama,and because of over exposure and his repeated smoke screen attempts to try and make the government service attractive, he is becoming less creditable.

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