Wednesday, August 3, 2011

In Other News

As a public service to those of you who might have missed them during the carnival of the debt ceiling debate, here are two stories that are worth noting.

First up: free birth control and breast cancer screening for women.

The federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) was expected Monday to announce new guidelines that would require health insurance companies to cover women’s health care services, including birth control and and breast exams, without a co-pays or deductibles.

The new rules, made possible by President Obama’s Affordable Care act, would begin Aug. 1, 2012.

Second, the White House reached an agreement with the auto industry to raise fuel efficiency standards and reduce pollution:

These new standards will cover cars and light trucks for Model Years 2017-2025, requiring performance equivalent to 54.5 mpg in 2025 while reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 163 grams per mile.

But the president must be primaried so we can get a real Democrat in there to get things done.