Here’ s the plan, Fiorina tells BlogHer: Women keep asking for more details about the Presidential candidates’ health care plans. Now, Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard and a McCain adviser, has described McCain’s plan in full on a special page at, including:

John McCain’s plan builds on the current system and allows for
greater choices for American families that more uniquely fit their
needs, including allowing families to keep their existing coverage. He
believes that Americans should be able to purchase health insurance in
a national market, across state lines, should they so desire. That
will, in turn, drive insurance rates down and simultaneously allow
Americans access to a greater diversity of insurance plans — meaning
that purchasers of insurance will be able to acquire coverage better
tailored to their needs, at a lower cost. Because John McCain plans to
offer a tax credit of $5,000 per family, or $2,500 per individual, to
purchase insurance, Americans will have viable options for acquiring
personal, as opposed to just employer-provided, insurance. That, in
turn, will increase portability — a key concern for women, many of whom
are self-employed and who tend to change jobs with greater frequency
than men — and who want to make sure our health insurance follows us
wherever we may go.

Increasing transparency with regard to health care costs also is
critical. Too frequently, patients find themselves in the dark when it
comes to medical costs and outcomes, which does nothing to promote
keeping costs down and quality high. John McCain wants prices and
doctors’ and hospitals’ ratings up on the Internet for everyone to see
— and he firmly believes that will serve to promote quality treatment
while helping to drive costs down.

No American should be denied access to quality coverage simply
because of a pre-existing condition. This is an important priority for
John McCain. He would work with the states to make sure that those
without prior group coverage and those with pre-existing conditions
would have access to health coverage, via a Guaranteed Access Plan
(GAP). The model for that would be formulated on the basis of the best
experience of individual states..

BlogHer editor Julia Stone asked, “What do you think of her answers?” Newsmix would like to know too. Below, Fiorina on why McCain:

Too sexy for that catwalk: We were pretty sure that Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, 51, would be at the top of  Vanity Fair’s “International Best-Dressed List,” which included men and women aged 26-71 from four continents, also including Sarah Jessica Parker and Michelle Obama. Also highlighted in the 37-person list, though, were less ubiquitous boomer role models, from old standby Fran Lebowitz to the ever-sylphlike Tilda Swinton. Some of VF’s blurbs are below,with images, though you have to click on the link to see the dresses they describe:

Because she’s a great Scot. Residence: The Highlands of Scotland. Occupation: Actor. Age: 47. Style icon: “My beloved grandmother.” Favorite fashion purchases of 2008: “Lanvin pajamas and Rue du Mail ‘Fassbinder’ trench.” Luxury boutique: Liwan on Rue Saint-Sulpice in Paris. Favorite jewelry: “Diana Vreeland’s coral star, which I wore to the Costume Institute ball.” Shoe designer: Bruno Frisoni for Roger Vivier. Vintage store: The Highland Hospice Charity Shop in Nairn. Scent: Penhaligon’s Bluebell. Watch: Gold Damiani. Cause:
“The 8 and a Half Foundation, founded this year with Mark Cousins, to
bring great world cinema to children on their eight-and-a-halfth
birthdays.” By Chance Yeh/
Because her aim is true. Residence: New York City. Occupations: Managing director, Wolfensohn & Co.; chairperson of the Hudson River Park Trust. Age: 53. Significant other: New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg. Style icon: Audrey Hepburn. Jewelry: “My grandmother’s engagement ring.” Preferred designers: Ralph Lauren, Carolina Herrera, Ralph Rucci, and Giorgio Armani. Notable 2008 red-carpet ensemble: Deep-purple Ralph Lauren fishtail gown worn to the C.F.D.A. Awards. Causes: Women’s health and welfare. By Patrick McMullan/
Because she’s nailed polish. Residence: New York City. Occupations: Cosmetics executive, photographer, philanthropist. Age: “Of a certain …” Style icon: Amy Fine Collins. Favorite fashion purchase of 2008: “Roberto Cavalli cotton blouse with gorgeous print to wear with white pants and heels or flat sandals.” Fashion items she cannot live without: “Manolo Blahnik shoes and Hermès handbags.” Jewelry: “My wedding ring and all my 1930s bracelets.” Scents: Estée Lauder Beautiful and Pleasures. Cause: The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. By Joe Corrigan/

There’s something in the way she moves:
If ‘she’ is 67-year-old Martha Argerich, anyway. Argerich, seen above, is also the subject of a new
DVD, profiled in this weekend’s New York Times:

other legendary performers, including the cellist Pablo Casals and the
pianist Vladimir Horowitz, Ms. Argerich has suffered from stage fright.
“Sometimes I was in terrible panics,” she says ruefully. “I’d imagine
the worst things, imagine a full hall. It’s terrible.” Her knees would
tremble so forcibly, she says, that her feet would inadvertently bang
on the floor, and she suffered chills and runny noses.

When she was young, Ms. Argerich’s nearsightedness was also
problematic. She didn’t have contact lenses at the time and didn’t want
to wear glasses onstage. So the piano looked “like crocodile’s teeth,”
she says, and the bright lights made her feel “like an insect.” The
film doesn’t touch on other aspects of her personal life, like her
marriages to the conductor Charles Dutoit and the pianist Stephen
Kovacevich, her three daughters or her recurring bouts with cancer,
which began in the 1990s.

The film offers footage of Ms. Argerich, who often laughs during the
interview, performing the composers she discusses. During a rehearsal
of Schumann’s Piano Concerto she vociferously argues in German with
Jörg Faerber, the conductor, dismissing his suggestions.

“I prefer not to fool with Schumann,” she says. “But I think he
likes me.” She describes performing Liszt and Chopin in the same
recital: “The Liszt Sonata would be fine but not the Chopin Preludes.
So I’d say, ‘He’s a little jealous.’ ” As for Prokofiev, she says with
a laugh: “He’s very fond of me. He’s never played any dirty tricks on
me.” A night owl, Ms. Argerich claims that she learned Prokofiev’s
Piano Concerto No. 3 by osmosis, while sleeping during the day in the
same room where her roommate practiced.

By Chris Lombardi

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