News Clips Aug 26, 2009

Mass. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy dies at age 77

BOSTON — Sen. Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts, the last surviving brother in a political dynasty and one of the most influential senators in history, died Tuesday night at his home on Cape Cod after a year-long struggle with brain cancer. He was 77.v

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gs1RXaMtEaB8vsTCm-ol_zVcTexgD9AAGM3G0

World’s Best Health Care

Critics of President Obama’s push for health care reform have been whipping up fear that proposed changes will destroy our “world’s best” medical system and make it like supposedly inferior systems elsewhere.
The emptiness of those claims became apparent recently when researchers from the Urban Institute released a report analyzing studies that have compared the clinical effectiveness and quality of care in the United States with the care dispensed in other advanced nations. They found a mixed bag, with the United States doing better in some areas, like cancer care, and worse in others, like preventing deaths from treatable and preventable conditions.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/26/opinion/26wed3.html

I-Team: Las Vegas Doctors Favor Reform

If you have insurance, you’ve probably had this experience. Your doctor recommends a course of treatment and a claims adjustor denies the coverage. Maybe you fought the battle and won, maybe the doctor fought it for you, or maybe you did without and suffered the consequences.

http://www.lasvegasnow.com/global/story.asp?s=10990213

Windows with health care posters smashed in Denver

DENVER — At least two people smashed windows bearing health-care reform posters at the Colorado Democratic headquarters in Denver in what party officials are calling an act of political vandalism.

Police say the windows were broken at about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday. A policeman on regular patrol witnessed two people smashing windows with hammers, stopped, then pursued the suspects as they fled on bicycles. The officer arrested 24-year-old Maurice Schwenkler on suspicion of criminal mischief.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gO1ElEwcLWeRLF3_NhtiXBc3mYdAD9AA8G700


Immigration uproar will upstage health care debate

A few months ago, I was talking to a group of political strategists who insisted that – given the Obama administration’s desire to pursue both immigration reform and health care reform – immigration should go first. Otherwise, they said, health care would fail because of public fears that illegal immigrants would get free medical services. Make those immigrants legal, they said, and it would defuse the issue.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/08/25/ED8419DGO2.DTL#ixzz0PHxuSIPX

Anti-Obama rants take on new ferocity

In the healthcare debate, there’s no shortage of opportunists waiting to take advantage of the energy imbalance between the president and his opponents.

Not long ago, I blamed cable television and talk radio for reducing our complex healthcare debate to theater — forgoing substance in favor of an endless Wrestlemania-style smackdown over whether President Obama or his opponents had administered the most punishing body slam.

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/healthcare/la-et-onthemedia26-2009aug26,0,4419688.column

Healthcare and immigration converge explosively

Two hot-button issues are converging to crank the political dial way past “riled-up” – healthcare reform and immigration.

President Obama and Democratic supporters of health insurance legislation insist that bills now being considered exclude illegal immigrants from any coverage. Their opponents’ response boils down to “Oh, yeah?” As with many such disputes, it’s unlikely that agreement will be reached, even if substantial reform legislation is passed into law – by no means a certainty.

http://features.csmonitor.com/politics/2009/08/25/healthcare-and-immigration-converge-explosively/


Immigrants fight to bring adult children to US

SANTA ANA, Calif. — Evelyn Santos began her quest for a green card nearly two decades ago, hoping someday she and her family could leave the Philippines and start a better life in the United States.

The opportunity came in 2007, but with a painful caveat: Her two elder sons were now too old to qualify as dependents, so they would have to stay behind.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iELOTghCz7STG_2dW-PzNQzAQ9wQD9AA44F02

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