News Clips Dec. 2, 2009

Tempers flare as Senate debates health care

WASHINGTON — A Republican senator asserted Tuesday during a rancorous floor debate that President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul will shorten the lives of America’s seniors by cutting Medicare.

“I have a message for you: You’re going to die sooner,” said Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., an obstetrician-turned-lawmaker.

Health Care Issues: Shopping for Insurance

A look at key issues in the nation’s health care debate:

THE ISSUE: Is there an easier, more transparent way for consumers to shop for health insurance?

THE POLITICS: Most Americans under age 65 get insurance coverage through their employers. Small employers, however, increasingly find policies unaffordable. And for the approximately 18 million Americans who buy their own insurance plans, it can be a baffling experience to wade through or even understand competing offers. People who buy their own policies risk paying higher rates or being denied coverage for their health history.

A kinder, gentler abortion compromise

The abortion issue threatens to drive a fatal wedge into the Democratic Senate bloc favoring health care reform, just as it nearly did in the House of Representatives. But it’s possible to keep intact the strongly held principles of anti-abortion and pro-choice members of Congress and avoid a schism. The solution is a compromise – based on simple mathematics.
This observation, overlooked until now, is that abortion coverage reduces health care costs. Full-term deliveries – and complications following “back alley” procedures – cost much more than a typical abortion. Published estimates show that funding abortion coverage would probably offset as much expense as it generates. And if not, the differences would be trivial, but pennies per woman per month.

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Health amendments stack up

The Senate’s first votes may come today. Reid urged colleagues to focus only on top priorities.

By Shailagh Murray and Lori Montgomery

Washington Post
WASHINGTON – Senators prepared to cast their first votes today on health-care legislation, but even as partisan divisions hardened and contentious amendments stacked up, Democrats increasingly expressed optimism that they would succeed in passing a bill before Christmas.

The initial amendments offered illustrated the legislation’s vast scope and lingering vulnerabilities. The first, cosponsored by Sens. Barbara A. Mikulski (D., Md.) and Olympia J. Snowe (R., Maine), would increase preventive health care for women at a 10-year cost of $940 million. One aim of the measure is to blunt concerns raised last month when an independent commission recommended that women undergo mammograms less frequently.

The boon of immigration: Newcomers to America more than pull their economic weight

Using data from the Census Bureau, the report looks at 25 major cities, from Los Angeles to New York to Miami to Seattle, and proves that immigrants more than pull their weight.

In New York – including suburbs – immigrants make up 28% of the population and are responsible for 28% of the economic activity. Miami is 37% immigrants; they produce 38% of that’s city economic output.

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U.S. gov’t set to triple
immigration ‘audits’

In a sharp escalation of attacks on undocumented workers, U.S. officials announced November 19 that they had ordered immigration audits at 1,000 companies. This brings the number of audits this year to at least 1,650, more than triple the number in 2008.

During the audits Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents review company records to determine if employees are legally authorized to work in the United States.

Immigrants, Criminalized

A bedrock premise of smart immigration reform is the sharp distinction it draws between criminal aliens and Americans-in-waiting. While it acknowledges that illegal immigrants need to get right with the law, it treats illegal status as a civil matter to be resolved by the machinery of naturalization, not by the police and prisons.

To hard-line opponents of legalization, illegal immigrants are irredeemable lawbreakers by definition, and the only thing they should be waiting for is deportation.

The racial divide, again

You’d think it would be a simple question: How popular is Barack Obama?

And you’d think it would have a simple answer: According to a recent Gallup poll, the president’s approval rating stands at 49 percent, the first time it has slipped to less than half. Of course, Obama — you may have heard this somewhere — is our first African-American president, and it is a reliable truism that when race enters the picture, “simple” leaves it.

Hence, when you parse the Gallup numbers more closely, you discover a not-so-startling divide. It turns out that among nonwhite voters (meaning in this case, African Americans and Hispanics), Obama’s approval rating remains stratospheric. A staggering 91 percent of blacks and a healthy 70 percent of Hispanics approve of the job he’s doing.


One Response to News Clips Dec. 2, 2009

  1. Glenn1980 says:

    Daily we hear that illegal immigrants are here to stay and that it would be almost unfeasible to deport the 12 million people? The question to answer is there—JUST–12 million or is the American public being sold a bill of goods? The majority of bloggers believe the answer is somewhere between 20 and 30 million? Yet even that is a conservative number? We cannot bus them out as this legal route is impossible; if not so expensive to even conceive? But bloggers including myself have for over a year pummeled the Internet that E-Verify, the illegal immigrant restriction program can extracts major numbers from the mainstream workplace. As always huge influences from businesses, politicians and open border organizations whose scheme is mostly monetary gain have incessantly pushed into silence the growing attention to this computer program. Popularity has increased throughout America, as more and more businesses have found its operation easy and practical. Why hold a job summit for Americans, when you will not eject the illegal immigrants squatting here that would open jobs for the less skilled?

    The US government has now realized the importance to funding the program, even though Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) and Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) have unified to crush its importance to this nations working force. Too many highly positioned Democrats and even Republicans have destabilized immigration enforcement for too long. Although only funded for a further 3 years E-Verify is being accepted as a way to bring more legal residents and citizens into the job market and severing illegal labor. The momentum of E-Verify will not stop now as bloggers have infiltrated every media outlet from the West to the East coast. Democrats have not entered the main battle lines to push for what they dress-up as Comprehensive Immigration reform? But most Americans are not fooled, knowing full well this is another word–BLANKET AMNESTY? The previous AMNESTY in 1986 was disguised enough, to promote less attention to the act.

    Because the majority of the national press is holding back the exact truth, universal bloggers are supplementing the real facts. Most pro-sovereignty groups have not the money-backing of pariah businesses groups, grants of earmarks from corrupt lawmakers or donations from so called tax exempt foundations and organized church. So proponents of Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano and others are limited to grabbing the public attention to the consequences of AMNESTY.

    Just today NUMBERSUSA has sent out a warning to their members stating “Massive, Unchecked Immigration Will DESTROY Our Future! But It Doesn’t Have to Occur if We Act Now! For the first 200 years of our country’s history, about 250,000 immigrants migrated to the U.S. But since 1990, 2 MILLION legal and illegal immigrants are migrating to the U.S. PER YEAR. The current U.S. population of 310 million will soar past half a billion around mid-century if immigration is not reduced. We all support immigration in moderation. Many of our friends and co-workers are immigrants themselves. But too much of anything can become–DESTRUCTIVE. Tell Congress that a half-billion is far too many! We already have enough congestion, traffic, overcrowded schools and overburdened healthcare systems as it is. Join with 932,225 citizens who make their voices heard through NumbersUSA, America’s largest-member immigration-reduction organization.”

    Amendments to the 1986 act, could import a refined number of highly skilled workers that are required? But not lesser volumes of discount unskilled labor that cannot be recruited from the American people, who are many in our population. Other powerful developed nations can attract highly professional focused workers, without the flotsam that we end up eventually subsidizing. If you remember the last stimulus package was to give jobs to Americans, but as many 300.000 was artfully given to illegal workers?

    Don’t procrastinate on this outrageous 2009-2010 Amnesty, as we cannot even feed, house and offer substantial health care to our own poor? We are a debtor to China and other countries, when we once were an influential lender. While our free trade Globalist agreements are completely out of control and corporate owners outsource and in-source cheap labor and in many cases inferior trade goods. INFORM YOUR SENATORS AND CONGRESSMAN/WOMAN AT 202-224-312. NOT TO APPROVE ANOTHER AMNESTY OR FACE THE CONSEQUENCES IN THE VOTING BOOTH? MAKE AN EXAMPLE OF SEN. HARRY REID NEXT YEAR AND NANCY PELOSI? Google—NUMBERSUSA FOR MORE FACTS, UNMENTIONABLE EXPENDITURES, ACORN FRAUD, THE POLICE 287 (g) DETAINER AND THE IMMIGRATION GRADES OF POLITICIANS. Read more unadulterated truths at JUDICIAL WATCH, ALIPAC & CAPSWEB.

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