HealthPartners CEO: Co-ops aren't the "magic answer" Health care co-ops such as Minnesota's Health Partners could be part of health reform legislation working its way through Congress. But HealthPartners CEO Mary Brainerd isn't sure co-ops are the "magic answer" to rising health care costs.6:45 a.m.
Will Brett Favre turn the Vikings into champions? This Friday, when the Vikings host the Kansas City Chiefs in a preseason game at the Metrodome, Brett Favre is expected to start at quarterback. The former Green Bay Packer and three-time NFL MVP signed a contract with the Vikes yesterday. That signing came just three weeks after Favre announced that he would not come out of retirement to join the team. St. Paul Pioneer Press Vikings reporter Sean Jensen discusses the signing of Favre with Morning Edition's Cathy Wurzer.8:40 a.m.
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Health Co-Ops Touted As Alternative To Public Plan
After months of debate, the controversial government-sponsored public plan may be dropped from health care overhaul bills. Instead, some are pressing for health co-ops — where the insurance buyers own and run the insurance company — as an alternative way to provide affordable insurance.
What Makes Spain's Health Care System The Best?
Spain's single-payer health care system is ranked seventh best in the world by the World Health Organization. The system offers universal coverage as a constitutionally-guaranteed right and no out-of-pocket expenses — aside from prescription drugs. Patients do complain, however, about the long wait to see specialists and undergo certain procedures.
1979: Recalling The Soviet Invasion Of Afghanistan
As part of a series of conversations marking 1979 as a seminal year in the Muslim world, Afghan-born Amin Tarzi talks about the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Tarzi is director of Middle East studies at the Marine Corps University in Quantico, Virginia. He was 15 when the Soviets attacked the presidential palace in Kabul, which Tarzi witnessed from a short distance away.
Adults Put The 'Bee' In Orthography
Spelling bees are not just for kids, as more and more spelling bees for adults sprout up across the country. A bar in Brooklyn, New York, has been hosting one for about five years. That bee attracts people just looking for fun and those who really know their stuff.
Cuba Holds Allure As U.S. Tourist Destination
For many Americans, Cuba is the Caribbean's forbidden fruit. Now, legislation is pending in Congress that would lift the ban on U.S. citizens traveling to Cuba. As many as 1 million Americans might visit the island each year if permitted. But is Cuba ready for the influx?
New Take On Dumpster Diving: Just Add Water!
Three garbage bins have been transformed into swimming pools on an industrial lot in Brooklyn. The idea of swimming in a trash container grosses you out? Think again. They're clean. They're lined with sheets of plastic, and the water is chlorinated and filtered.
Retail Sales Figures Indicate Stingy Shoppers
There have been some positive signs this week that the global recession may be easing, but many U.S. consumers seem skeptical. Retail sales for some large chains declined over the last quarter. Nordstrom, Macy's and J.C. Penney's all posted losses. But TJX, which owns mega discount chains T.J. Maxx and Marshalls, bucked the trend and saw its profits rise 27 percent.
2 Solar Plants To Be Built In Southern California
Despite all of President Obama's talk about renewable energy, it's been tough lately for the solar industry. First Solar, one of the country's largest solar power companies, just struck a deal with Southern California Edison to build two large solar power plants. Together the plants would produce enough electricity to power 170,000 homes.
Free For All? Profits Can Be Elusive Online
One of the buzzwords in the world of Internet business these days is "free." It's not just the title of a best-selling book; it's a trend in marketing — and something customers have come to expect, especially in the digital world.
Husband Used Diamonds To Say 'I'm Sorry'
Every time British businessman Robert Charlton cheated on his wife, he apparently bought her some extravagant jewelry to try to make amends. After 26 years of marriage, Elizabeth Charlton had 43 glittering pieces. She died in 2006. Her jewelry box items have been auctioned off — bringing in about $500,000.