News Clips Sept. 23, 2009

In Health Care Premiums, Who Gets a Subsidy?

In the discussion over ways to make health care more affordable, Senator Max Baucus of Montana and other health policy wonks have mostly talked about greater premium subsidies based on income.
But few have noted that there are plenty of other premium subsidies already implicit in the Baucus plan — for, among others, big families, young women and old men.

Parties trade shots over health-care bill

Both Democrats found plenty to criticize in Sen. Max Baucus’ bill when the Senate Finance Committee opened a high-stakes debate over health-care on Tuesday.

WASHINGTON — Democrats and Republicans formed clear battle lines Tuesday as the Senate Finance Committee opened a high-stakes debate over health-care legislation proposed last week by the panel’s chairman.

Baucus tweaks health bill

The key lawmaker sweetened subsidies, urged balky colleagues to “make history.”
WASHINGTON – The Senate Finance Committee yesterday took up what its chairman called a “balanced, commonsense plan” for a health-care overhaul that includes modifications suggested by Republicans and Democrats.

Immigration agency launches new Web site

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration launched a new Web site on Tuesday that officials hope will make citizenship and other immigration services more accessible.

The new Citizenship and Immigration Services Web site was unveiled Tuesday at an event with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, as well as White House and Homeland Security staff.

Miguel Perez: Health care issue sends immigration into coma

They have been washing our cars and our dishes, caring for our children and elderly, picking our crops and mowing our lawns. They work in construction, restaurant kitchens and sweatshops, and those are some of the less hazardous jobs they do. And yet most politicians — including President Barack Obama — say undocumented immigrants should not be entitled to health care coverage.

Groves urges public campaign to boost 2010 census

By HOPE YEN (AP) – 18 hours ago

WASHINGTON — The head of the Census Bureau says he’s worried the poor economy and tensions over immigration will deter people from participating in next year’s high-stakes count.

Robert Groves appeared before Congress on Tuesday for the first time since he was confirmed in July. He told a House panel it may be hard to find residents because of growing homelessness, foreclosures and people “doubling up” in single-family homes.

Groves said response rates to census surveys have been declining, and that public debate over immigration is creating added uncertainty.

The population figures, gathered every 10 years, are used to apportion House seats and distribute nearly $450 billion in federal aid.

Sotomayor Gets Opening Toss at Yankee Stadium

By Bernie Becker

Justice Sonia Sotomayor will get a chance to show off her throwing arm this weekend.
The Supreme Court’s newest member, a Bronx native, will toss the ceremonial first pitch at Yankee Stadium on Saturday afternoon, before the New York Yankees take on their rivals, the Boston Red Sox.

CNN Student News Learning Activity: Hispanic Heritage Month

CNN Student News) — Students will investigate the contributions of Hispanic Americans to U.S. culture, and what it means to be an Hispanic in America today.


Point out to students that Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15) celebrates the culture and traditions of those who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America and the Caribbean. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, “September 15 was chosen as the starting point for the celebration because it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively.”

A third of Nevada Hispanic households lack member fluent in English

One in three Hispanic households in Nevada continue to be linguistically isolated, according to U.S. Census Bureau information released Tuesday.
he Census Bureau defines a linguistically isolated household as one in which no one 14 or older is fluent in English.Nevada ranks fifth nationally, with 33.7 percent of Hispanic households having anyone over 14 fluent in English.

Hispanics In The U.S. Are Likely To Be Uninsured

Linda Wertheimer speaks with Dr. Elena Rios, President of the National Hispanic Medical Association, about overhauling health care and the country’s hispanic population. Rios says millions are uninsured because of their reliance on more traditional cures for sickness — and a deep distrust of authority.


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