Obama Offering Health Care Solution For Firefighters
BRACKETING ROMNEY, POTUS OFFERS HEALTH CARE FOR FIREFIGHTERS: As Romney campaigned in Colorado, the White House found a way to use the bully pulpit to get some positive earned media. “Obama has directed federal officials to offer seasonal firefighters the option of purchasing federal health insurance coverage, White House officials told The Denver Post Tuesday,” writes Allison Sherry. “On a recent trip to Colorado Springs, the president was apparently moved by the men and women firefighters he met, senior administration officials said in an interview. When he returned to Washington, he told his cabinet that he wanted to ‘find a solution’ for the hundreds of workers toiling in dangerous conditions without the option to buy in to federal insurance. The 15,000 or so temporary seasonal workers who descend into fire zones are usually young people who work sundry outdoor jobs, depending on the time of year…But because they are not full-time U.S. Forest Service employees, before Tuesday’s announcement they did not have the option of purchasing federal health insurance.” Denver Post: http://bit.ly/MhQ76L. Here’s the very-positive Colorado Springs Gazette’s story about Romney stopping at a local food bank during his visit: http://bit.ly/L8hiBc.