News Clips Aug 25, 2009

Parties Trade Volleys On Health-Care Reform

RNC Drafts ‘Bill of Rights for Seniors’
Republicans launched their latest salvo against President Obama’s health-care reform plans Monday, rebranding their existing criticism of his proposals as a new “Health Care Bill of Rights for Seniors.” The package immediately drew return fire from Democrats.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/story/2009/08/24/ST2009082403097.html

Senate Democrats Consider Tactic to Push Through Government Health Plan

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats said Sunday that they were fleshing out plans to pass health legislation, particularly the option of a new government-run insurance program, with a simple majority, instead of the 60 votes that would ordinarily be needed to overcome a filibuster.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/24/health/policy/24health.html

Supporters of health care reform dominate town hall session

After an August dominated by their opponents, health care reform advocates pushed back on Monday.

Supporters clearly outnumbered skeptics among the 1,300 people who attended a health care town hall meeting in Kansas City — a first for session organizer Sen. Claire McCaskill.

http://www.kansascity.com/news/politics/story/1403874.html

Dueling Words on Medicare

In the campaign for the hearts and minds of older Americans — the cohort most nervous about a health care overhaul — Michael Steele, chairman of the Republican National Committee, was on a news media tour Monday promoting a Seniors’ Health Care Bill of Rights.

http://prescriptions.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/08/25/dueling-words-on-medicare/

AARP To Republicans: Thanks, But We’re Not That Worried

The AARP has seen Republicans’ pitch for senior support on health care, and it has not been won over to the GOP’s vision of ObamaCare.

Republicans are making a health care pitch to seniors today, floating a “Seniors’ Health Care Bill of Rights” in an op-ed penned by Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele in the Washington Post this morning, most likely seizing on the fact that Obama has struggled to woo seniors to his plan and seeking to galvanize a voting bloc against the president’s plan. A Gallup poll released late last month showed seniors to be the least likely age group to support health care reform, with many thinking it will reduce their access to care and raise costs.

http://politics.theatlantic.com/2009/08/aarp_to_republicans_thanks_but_were_not_that_worried.php

Immigration Officials Often Detain Foreign-Born Rikers Inmates for Deportation

In a city with a “don’t ask, don’t tell” approach to immigration status, it may come as a surprise to many that the New York Department of Correction routinely gives a list of foreign-born inmates at Rikers Island to immigration authorities, who use it to question, detain and try to deport thousands of them.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/25/nyregion/25rikers.html

Latinos divided over decision to protest 2010 Census

As the 2010 national Census approaches, preparations throughout the country are being made in order to collect the very important data regarding the number of people living in the United States. The importance of participating in the national census is addressed in the U.S. constitution and makes it a requirement by law that every person residing in the United States, no matter their legal status, be counted at the time of the census. The data was first collected in 1790 and has continued every ten years since then. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, any and all personal responses collected from the census are confidential. The main purposes of the census is “to distribute Congressional seats to states, to make decisions about what community services to provide, and to distribute $300 billion in federal funds to local, state and tribal governments each year.”

http://www.examiner.com/x-20180-LA-Immigration-Examiner~y2009m8d24-Latinos-divided-over-decision-to-protest-2010-census

Hispanic count key to region

SOUTH PLAINS/2010 Census’ accuracy vital to securing federal, state funding

AUSTIN – Every morning except on Sundays, Bailey County Commissioner Juan Chavez and as many as a dozen people get together for breakfast at a taco restaurant in Muleshoe, the county seat. At mid-afternoon, a smaller group meets for refreshments at the local McDonald’s.

http://lubbockonline.com/stories/082509/loc_485765544.shtml


T-shirts make wise use of Latina line

MIAMI – The “wise Latina” catchphrase of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s Senate confirmation
hearings has taken on a life of its own, generating sales of T-shirts, note cards and even dog jerseys.

http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/arizonaliving/articles/2009/08/25/20090825wiselatina0825.html

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