Where Did Health Care Reform Go?
Pretty much everyone agrees that the health care legislation now making its way through both houses of Congress would do some things well. It would cover almost all of the roughly 33 million legal residents of this country who now lack health insurance. And a vast expansion of Medicaid, coupled with billions of dollars in subsidies to help low- and middle-income Americans buy insurance, would help ensure that most people end up spending less on their health bills, according to a new analysis by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), Congress’s independent scorekeepers.
Vote expected on parts of health care reform bill
WASHINGTON D.C. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – The U.S. Senate is expected to vote Thursday on parts of the health care reform bill.
One issue involves cutting $460 billion in Medicare funding to help pay for the plan.
The AARP backs the cuts, saying they would eliminate waste and inefficiency.
Court: Mass criminal immigration hearings unlawful
EL PASO, Texas — Immigrants who have been arrested in zero-tolerance zones along the Mexican border must not be tried at mass criminal immigration hearings because the proceedings violate federal rules, an appeals court ruled Wednesday.
A three-judge panel with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled that a federal court in Tucson, Ariz. — where mass hearings have been held for defendants arrested by U.S. Border Patrol agents — had violated Rule 11, which requires that each defendant be read their rights and be given an explanation of what a guilty plea means.
Any immigrants found in zero-tolerance zones established along the Mexican border under Operation Streamline can be arrested and prosecuted in a federal court on charges of illegal entry.
Study: US economy largely unaffected by illegal immigration
Tucson, Arizona | Published: 12.03.2009
WASHINGTON — A study released Wednesday concludes that illegal-immigrant workers do not drain jobs or tax dollars and have a neutral impact on the U.S. economy.
Because illegal immigrants occupy a small share of the work force — about 5 percent — and work low-skilled jobs at lower wages than other workers, their overall influence on the economy is trivial, according to the report, sponsored by the Migration Policy Institute, a pro-immigration think tank in Washington.
“The fate of the U.S. economy does not rest on what we do on illegal immigration,” said Gordon H. Hanson, author of the report and economics professor at the University of California-San Diego.
Hispanic ministers group to support census boycott
The Hispanic Ministerial Alliance of Rhode Island has voted to support a controversial national boycott of the U.S. Census next year. The alliance represents dozens of Latino evangelical churches throughout Rhode Island.
The 14-to-4 vote was taken after a two-hour closed meeting in Providence, said the Rev. Eliseo Nogueras, the Hispanic alliance president and regional vice president for the National Coalition of Latino Clergy and Christian Leaders [CONLAMIC], the group urging undocumented immigrants to boycott Census 2010 as leverage for immigration reform.
oh yeah there is this too…..
FAIR play? A controversial D.C.-based anti-immigration group organizes in Alaska
In early May, Susan Tully, the National Field Director for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, held a meeting at the Anchorage Hilton to “work towards forming a local Anchorage immigration reform group,” according to the invitation to the event. Tully was apparently successful; in a recent cover story in the Press (“Without papers,” Nov. 5) we reported the existence of Alaskans for Legal Presence, a group headed by former Assemblyman Paul Bauer, which is advocating for the passage of House Bill 3, a piece of legislation sponsored by Representative Bob Lynn (R-Anchorage) which would require drivers licenses for immigrants to expire on the same day the immigrant’s visa expires.
Consider health care part of the cost of living
One reason reforming health care is such a challenging task is that Americans of all income levels don’t think of health care as part of the cost of living. It’s something we’ve become conditioned to believe someone else, either the government or employers, should pay for.
“It’s been an entitlement for their lifetimes and their parents’ lifetimes, and it’s hard to get them to see that they are paying for it, one way or the other,” says Dan Loepp, chief executive of Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Michigan.