News Clips Sept. 15, 2009

A Health Insurance Mandate That Works Like Auto Insurance? Think Again

In building the case for mandatory health insurance, President Obama and congressional Democrats are comparing a proposed requirement to buy health coverage to the need for all car owners to buy auto insurance.

“Unless everybody does their part, many of the insurance reforms we seek, especially requiring insurance companies to cover preexisting conditions, just can’t be achieved,” Obama said in his address last week to Congress. “That’s why under my plan, individuals will be required to carry basic health insurance — just as most states require you to carry auto insurance.”

Steve Chapman: The GOP’s health care reform failure

Republicans fault President Obama for plans that would greatly expand federal outlays on health care, enlarge the federal role in the provision of medicine, doom private insurance and wrestle Aunt Sally into the grave. They have some valid points. But while they’re heaping blame on Obama, they need to save a share for someone else: themselves.

You may have forgotten that George W. Bush made a big deal of proposing tax credits of $7,500 per person or $15,000 per family to purchase medical coverage. He did that in 2007, only to be spurned by a Democratic Congress. Why did he wait till the seventh year of his term? He didn’t. He had offered the idea in 2004, only to encounter raging indifference in his Republican Congress.

New Objections to Baucus Health Care Proposal

WASHINGTON — Two of the three Republicans in a small group trying to forge a bipartisan compromise on health care have requested numerous major changes in a proposal drafted by the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, reducing the chances that he can win their support.
The Republicans, Senators Michael B. Enzi of Wyoming and Charles E. Grassley of Iowa, have catalogued their concerns in documents sent to the chairman, Senator Max Baucus, Democrat of Montana.

Health care negotiators finding common ground, Democrat says

WASHINGTON (CNN) — Increased awareness of the details of a possible compromise health care bill is boosting the comfort level of both Democrats and Republicans, a key Democratic senator said Monday.
“As senators on and off the committee, [including] Republicans, begin to know more about all of this, their comfort level is starting to come up a bit,” Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus said.

Immigration, Health Debates Cross Paths

Activists on Both Sides Step Up Efforts

As Congress’s debate over health-care legislation lumbers toward a defining test for the Obama presidency, partisans on both sides of another issue — immigration — escalated their own proxy war this week, concluding that the fates of the two issues have become politically linked.

Astronaut Speaks on Immigration

The astronaut José M. Hernández said the United States needed to legalize its illegal immigrants — a rare public stand for an American astronaut on a political issue. “The American economy needs them,” said Mr. Hernández, 47, a California native who worked in the cucumber, sugar beet and tomato fields alongside his Mexican-born parents. He made his remarks in a interview with a Mexican television network. “I believe it’s only fair to find a way to legalize them and give them an opportunity to work openly, so they can also retire in a traditional U.S. system.” A NASA spokesman, James Hartsfield, said Mr. Hernández was expressing his personal views, not those of the space agency.

US astronaut says legalize undocumented Mexicans

MEXICO CITY — Spaceman Jose Hernandez said Monday the United States needs to legalize its undocumented immigrants — a rare, public stand for a U.S. astronaut on a political, hot-button issue.

Mexicans have hung on every word of NASA’s first astronaut to tweet in Spanish — as Astro_Jose — since the son of migrants embarked on his two week, 5.7-million-mile mission to the international space station that ended Friday.

And they’re still listening to him now that he is back on Earth.

PBS Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month With a Documentary Recognizing the Latino..

PBS Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month With a Documentary Recognizing the
Latino Contribution to American Music

The Latin Music USA Four-Part Documentary to Launch During Hispanic Heritage
Month on October 12th and 19th

BOSTON, Sept. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Did you know Salsa came from New
York?  That the Kingsmen’s “Louie Louie” is a cha cha cha? How did rap meet
reggae to make Reggaeton?


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