PRESIDENT OBAMA’S HEALTH CARE REFORM SPEECH ENCOURAGING, SAYS NCLR
Washington, DC—President Barack Obama’s health care reform plan included important provisions that would work for all Americans, especially the Latino community, the most uninsured population in the nation. NCLR (National Council of La Raza), the largest national Latino civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States, has long pushed for reform that would fix our broken health care system and urges Congress to move swiftly on the president’s plan.
Dems predict health accord
While the GOP was unswayed, Pelosi sees a deal ahead. A public option looks less likely.
WASHINGTON – Democratic congressional leaders predicted passage of health-care legislation within a few months despite undimmed Republican opposition, claiming momentum yesterday from President Obama’s speech and renewed commitment from lawmakers.
Democrats Seem Unified by Obama’s Speech
WASHINGTON — President Obama’s speech on health care failed to bridge the gulf with Republicans, but Democrats said on Thursday that the president had largely succeeded in unifying his own party by making a cogent, persuasive pitch to the American public and by casting his plan to overhaul the health care system as a political and moral imperative.
Dems answer Obama’s call for action on health care
WASHINGTON — Democratic leaders wrestling with health care legislation are confronting a host of knotty issues such as medical malpractice, abortion, illegal immigrants and Medicaid, all the while predicting passage of sweeping health care legislation within a few months.
GOP Still Opposed–No Lie
Despite his threat to “call out” critics who distort his health care plan, President Obama tried to rise above the usual Washington rancor Wednesday night in calling for a bipartisan compromise.
Shout Draws Focus to Illegal-Immigrant Issue
Coverage Question Is Complex, Experts Say, but Less Ominous Than Reform Foes Warn
Republican Rep. Joe Wilson’s shout of “You lie!” during President Obama’s speech Wednesday night brought renewed attention to swirling questions about whether Democratic health-care legislation would extend coverage to illegal immigrants. Although the answer is more complicated than reform proponents acknowledge, it also does not square with the dark warnings of opponents who say the proposals would bring waves of undocumented immigrants into taxpayer-funded plans.
Anti-illegal immigration group praises U.S. Rep. Joe ‘You lie!’ Wilson
Americans for Legal Immigration Political Action Committee, or ALIPAC, is praising Congressman Joe Wilson, R-S.C., for his outburst during President Obama’s Wednesday night address on health care reform.
Wilson infamously yelled, “You Lie!” when Obama said, “The reforms I’m proposing would not apply to those who are here illegally.”
Though Congressman Wilson has since apologized to the president, ALIPAC still claims that Obama is lying about health care coverage for illegal immigrants.
Feds to start immigration crackdown on contractors
WASHINGTON — For federal contractors, it’s time to start checking whether employees are able to legally work in the United States.
Beginning Tuesday, the federal government is requiring federal contractors to use the E-Verify system to check the immigration and citizenship status of the people they hire and assign to new federal contracts.
Millions More Thrust Into Poverty
Decade of Headway in Household Income Erased, Census Data Find
A new comprehensive economic survey shows that the recession has plunged 2.6 million more Americans into poverty, wiped out the household income gains of an entire decade and pushed the number of people without health insurance up to 46.3 million.
Montebello man, 18, wearing KKK, Nazi shirt charged with attacking Hispanic teen
AIRMONT – An 18-year-old Montebello man wearing a shirt with racist insignias has been charged with a hate crime for the second time since April involving an attack on a Hispanic male, authorities said yesterday.