ABC and CBS tied up some loose ends from Tuesday's State of the Union speech. The President had proposed to advance healthcare coverage with changes to the tax code. CBS sent Kelly Wallace to Massachusetts to investigate a more comprehensive Republican solution to the problem of the uninsured: compulsory coverage. She called enrolling the uninsured with higher incomes "a much tougher task" than signing up the poor. Come July, the uncovered will face tax penalties.
ABC's Betsy Stark looked into the plausibility of Bush's promise to reduce nationwide gasoline consumption by 20% within a decade. He wants to increase conservation and substitute alternative fuels. Stark stated that there cannot be enough corn grown to produce all the ethanol he is calling for. Wheat, woodchips and switchgrass will also have to be used, but those refineries are not even built yet. She called 34mpg fuel efficiency "an achievable goal."
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