News Clips Sept 29, 2009

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.

http://prescriptions.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/09/28/focus-on-public-option-when-senate-health-care-debate-resumes/

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.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/29/us/29states.html?hp


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.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0909/27635.html#ixzz0SUrQxhdU

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.

http://www.tdn.com/articles/2009/09/29/ap/politics/us_health_care_overhaul.txt

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.

http://www.examiner.com/x-10317-San-Diego-County-Political-Buzz-Examiner~y2009m9d29-California-lawmakers-want-to-suspend-ALL-immigration-laws

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.”

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/southflorida/story/1257002.html

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.

http://www.kpbs.org/news/2009/sep/28/six-ten-undocumented-hispanics-lack-health-coverag/

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.

http://feetin2worlds.wordpress.com/2009/09/28/with-no-progress-on-immigration-reform-activists-ready-to-take-to-the-streets-again/

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.

http://www.myvalleynews.com/story/41007/

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?

http://www.ilw.com/articles/2009,0929-ewing.shtm

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One Response to News Clips Sept 29, 2009

  1. brittanicus says:

    Our government panders to the 20 to 30 plus (?) illegal immigrants allowing them free subsidies from taxpayers in the US. California–a Sanctuary State has one of the worst records that currently languish under the immense burden of near bankruptcy, instead of –ATTRACTING–ICE to illegal business operations. Certain legislators in Sacramento, led by Gilbert Cedillo-D has authored a lame brain resolution condemning any interference in immigration enforcement. Congressman Brian Bilbray-R Calif. reminds Sen. Cedillo that this resolution breaks the laws of the Constitution. “He should look up the separation of powers section and this resolution is nothing more than political posturing.” Cedillo urges President Obama to declare an immediate moratorium on immigration policies and practices until a comprehensive reform of immigration is enacted. The resolution states ” The State of California values all of its residents, whether they be citizens, legal residents, or undocumented immigrants, and strives to enable all residents to work and live free from discrimination, exploitation, and repressive federal immigration enforcement.” This man certainly has no love for the legal American worker and should be immediately discarded from office as his words are a form of treachery to the jobless people hurting. Why wouldn’t certain legislators want health care for foreign labor, because they have an over abundance of illegal immigrant families to financially support? Our own government is so absorbed in protecting every other countries border? They remain unconcerned to our poor replica border fence that should have been a two-tier periphery, with border patrol surveillance lanes in between, as originally planned by Rep. Duncan Hunter. Every time a good enforcement plan is written, it’s methodically cut to pieces by pro-illegal worker politicians and open border fanatics. Though we spend billions on our armed forces in foreign lands, the rich countries in Europe just forward token troops and little money: while our nation is literary falling apart at the seams–or its rivets?

    Any moment now I expect to hear of yet another collapsing ailing city bridge, deteriorating waterworks, the underground pipes and eroding highway. Our cities are already exhibiting inward decay, but years of neglect by the very people who’s supposed to protect us do nothing? I have reiterated watch “The Crumbling of America” on the History (International) channel in the next few weeks and learn? This is where your tax dollars should be going? We must not allow the Administration as in previous times keep sending our precious tax dollars to other countries. These politicians are deaf, dumb and intentionally blind to the rigors our industrial nation is going through. Not just Democrats, but the Republicans have had their sticky fingers in the bad apple–SPECIAL INTEREST–barrel, where money is plentiful. It’s like they are intentionally trying to turn our magnificent country into a third world nation, while making other cheap labor countries, on an even par with our sovereign society as US wages tumble? Then Again the Council of Foreign Relations have been amplifying its agenda of free movement of cheap labor through North America for years?

    Most of these other lands have been at each others throats for centuries, so why do we expect any metamorphism into something any different? Only change can come from within, not by our nation expending billions of dollars, American lives? We must build our own borders fences, tall and strong and meant to keep out drug dealers, criminal aliens, terrorists and the never ending tracks of illegal aliens. Our politician’s noses are involved in too much foreign policy, while our aging infrastructure implodes. Trillions of dollars are spirited out the country, while we gain little in return. Washington–MUST–start giving back to the jobless American worker by placing a 5 year moratorium on all immigration, even legal? The next politicians should deliver us from any new sinister path to citizenship or better referred to as BLANKET AMNESTY? Follow the “Rule of Law” and not twist it into something else for their own convenience, as it will come back to haunt them at the voting booth. Unless ACORN steps-in with another fed contract and handles sign-ups for the ballot box? In that case will still see absentee ballots for the deceased people, pets and anybody who has learned that you need no government picture ID to sign on to vote.

    The 1986 immigration reform bill dismally failed last time and all we inherited was 5 million illegal immigrants that still keep on coming with their impoverished hands out. Anti-Illegal immigrant forces are growing in numbers to stop another travesty. They acknowledge it could end up costing billions, perhaps even trillions of dollars. Nationwide we have seen the advent of closing hospitals and emergency rooms that have been submerged everyday by swarms by penniless foreigners and their families. Yes! We need health care reform. Americans are dying, going bankrupt , falling under the spell of debt collectors. The special interest lobbyists are causing mass hysteria by lying to the people. Many insurance companies are under this bombardment in television, radio and mass media. Their Status quo wants no change to their profits or high flying CEO’s making millions of dollars. on patients backs? I want health care reform, for the sake of my step daughter who died of Cancer, because the insurers said it was a pre-existing condition and they couldn’t continue to insure her?

    It has become an enigma–THAT THE EMPLOYERS WHO HIRE THEM-LEAVE THE MAJORITY OF SICK PEOPLE ON THE STEPS OF EMERGENCY ROOMS. SO THAT THEIR RESPONSIBILITY ENDS THERE? THEY DRIVE AWAY WITH A CLEAR CONSCIOUS? THEN IS LEFT FOR THE TAXPAYERS CHECK BOOK TO PAY THE BILL? THOSE EMPLOYERS SHOULD BE HUNTED DOWN AND HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR EVERY CENT. We have already been warned by the census bureau of overpopulation in the not too distant future. WE now have a very unique deterrent called E-Verify, that is a part of the SAVE ACT and our lawmakers should stop procrastinating and make it permanent for every worker? Washington knows their walking on quicksand, if the try to under fund or spirit away E-Verify this time around? The corrupting influences from the special interest lobby, have failed to induce many lawmakers to table E-Verify. In our future it could have many other uses other than extracting unauthorized labor from the workplace. Once fully installed it could check state drivers license applicants, insurance, school and higher education registrations and hospital admittances.
    Americans have been unknowingly paying taxes to underwrite subsidies for the illegal population for decades. This is the biggest draw to American jobs, because the employers who hire them are sentient that taxpayers will foot the bills for education, health food stamps, housing and other government benefit consignments that even as citizens are denied. Keep the phone calls coming at 202-224-3121 LOOK FOR ANSWERS AT NUMBERSUSA, JUDICIAL WATCH & OVERPOPULATION AT CAPSWEB? These websites can identity politicians who actually work for the American people and others whose immigration grading level is unsatisfactory to stay in office? Have you heard about any large ICE raids lately? ICE got the order to cease and desist from the motley Democratic leadership. They are also using their influence to either weaken the federal training program 287 G that gives local police federal right to hold for questioning suspicious individual’s immigration status and to rescind the no-match-letter capability in determining a person’s right to work?

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