Focus on ‘Public Option’ When Senate Health Care Debate Resumes
By Katharine Q. Seelye
When the Senate Finance Committee resumes debate Tuesday on its health care bill, a proposal for a government-run insurance plan — the so-called public option — will take center stage.
In Some States, a Push to Ban Mandate on Insurance
ST. PAUL — In more than a dozen statehouses across the country, a small but growing group of lawmakers is pressing for state constitutional amendments that would outlaw a crucial element of the health care plans under discussion in Washington: the requirement that nearly everyone buy insurance or pay a penalty.
Public option may be deal breaker
There’s now a serious risk that the push for health care reform will end in permanent political gridlock. After spending months trying to forge a bipartisan compromise, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus released his health plan, only to find out that not a single Republican was willing to support it.
Public plan debate could pit Democrat vs. Democrat
It’ll be Democrat vs. Democrat as lawmakers go back to work on health care Tuesday.
The Senate Finance Committee is expected to consider whether the government should offer its own insurance plan for the middle class in competition with private carriers. A public option is the top goal for liberals, but it has no Republican support and moderate Democrats say the Senate will never go along.
So Tuesday’s debate is expected to pit Democratic liberals against moderates.
California lawmakers want to suspend ALL immigration laws
California State Senator Gilbert Cedillo-D put forth a resolution that passed in the California Senate condemning specified policies and practices of federal agencies regarding the enforcement of immigration laws. Furthermore Cedillo’s resolution urges Congress and President Obama to declare an immediate moratorium on immigration policies and practices until a comprehensive reform of immigration is enacted.
Hispanic immigrants kept at arm’s length from healthcare
In Hialeah, Caridad Morales faces the U.S. healthcare crisis with onions and garlic.
Besides carefully using home recipes to stay healthy, she takes special precautions when driving and walking, making sure she doesn’t fall, and even tries not to touch anything because she is prone to allergies.
“I live in fear because when you get sick and go to the doctor or the hospital, before asking you how you feel, they ask you if you have health insurance,” said Morales, 61, who works at a cafeteria and has no health insurance. “Right now I have a small cyst on my back and I’m just holding up.”
Six In Ten Undocumented Hispanics Lack Health Coverage
SAN DIEGO — The Pew Hispanic Center found that 60 percent of undocumented Latinos have no health insurance.
The survey showed that adult Hispanics, who are neither citizens nor permanent residents, are twice as likely as documented Latinos to have no health insurance. They are three times more likely to go without insurance than Americans as a whole. The survey also showed that four in ten undocumented people use community clinics when they need treatment.
With No Progress on Immigration Reform, Activists Ready to Take to the Streets Again
In the face of delays by the Obama administration on an immigration bill, pro-immigration advocates are ready to take to the streets again to demand comprehensive immigration reform.
Univision.com’s Jorge Cancino reports that groups in several states are organizing marches that will take place between Oct. 10 and 13 to coincide with Hispanic heritage celebrations. They want to pressure the White House and Congress to move forward on immigration reform, despite all signs suggesting that debate will be delayed at least until 2010.
Police clad in riot gear monitor neo-Nazi protest while some punches are thrown
RIVERSIDE – Some punches were thrown and spit flew through the air today as a dozen neo-Nazis protested illegal immigration and squared off with about four times as many counter-protesters, at a busy Riverside corner where day laborers usually look for work.
Riverside police clad in riot gear monitored the competing protests, and witnessed some of the flag-grabbing scuffles, but made no arrests. Unarmed U.S. Department of Justice community relations moderators also stood in the scrum of drum-beating and slogan-shouting to keep violence at a minimum.
The neo-Nazis arrived a little after 10 a.m. at Madison Street and Indiana Avenue and more than 50 counter-protesters, news reporters, cameramen, and other observers were waiting for them.
Immigration Reform As Economic Stimulus
by Walter A. Ewing of Immigration Policy Center
The public debate over immigration reform, which all too often devolves into emotional rhetoric, could use a healthy dose of economic realism. As Congress and the White House fulfill their recent pledges to craft immigration-reform legislation in the months ahead, they must ask themselves a fundamental question: can we afford any longer to pursue a deportation-only policy that ignores economic reality?