Last Call on Reforming Health Reform Bill
I recently sat in on the daily meeting of a palliative care team at a hospital — doctors, nurses, a social worker, a chaplain and others, all working with seriously ill patients in extreme pain. One of the patients was a middle-aged man whose advanced cancer had destroyed a major bone in his leg. His wife had already done heroic work caring for him, and more was going to be needed in the months ahead.
Health Care Bill Could Face String of Legal Challenges
Organizations and lawmakers opposed to the health care reform package are getting their legal briefs in a bunch, threatening to challenge the constitutionality of the sweeping overhaul should it make its way to President Obama’s desk.
Pain before gain in health care overhaul
By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR (AP) – 5 hours ago
WASHINGTON — The costs of health care reform being pushed through Congress by Democrats will be felt long before the benefits.
Proposed taxes and fees on upper-income earners, insurers, even tanning parlors, take effect quickly. So would Medicare cuts.
Benefits, such as subsidies for lower middle-income households, consumer protections for all, and eliminating the prescription coverage gap for seniors, come gradually.
“There’s going to be an expectations gap, no question about that,” said Drew Altman, president of the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation. “People are going to see their premiums and out-of-pocket costs go up before the tangible benefits kick in.”
Most of the 30 million uninsured helped by the bill won’t get coverage until 2013 at the earliest, well after the next presidential election.
The Grinch who stole immigration reform
Just in time for Christmas, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has given Latino voters a valuable gift: clarity.So much of politics is masked in smoke and mirrors. If you convince Latino constituents that the other party is out to get them, you’ll become their BAF — best amigo forever.
Obama and Congress: At the Crossroads of Immigration Reform
Is it ever “the right time” to pass immigration reform and a path to legalization? Using the issue merely to score political points has been the norm for decades, among detractors and some proponents alike.
President Barack Obama is the latest political figure to attempt a comprehensive fix to the immigration system — or at least, he promised to do so in 2008, in the heat of the presidential campaign.
As January 20, 2010 rolls around — marking the end of his first year in office — Obama has not passed immigration reform, but his defenders predict that by that time the stirrings of the immigration debate will have started in the Senate.
Report shows ‘dramatic’ rise in number of Latinos using Internet
Latino adult use of the Internet nationwide gained 10 percentage points from 2006 to 2008, surpassing the rate for black adults and closing the gap with whites, according to a report released Tuesday by the Pew Hispanic Center.
The leap for Latinos is “pretty dramatic,” said Gretchen Livingston, senior researcher for the Washington, D.C.-based research organization focused on Latino issues. “They’re still lagging behind whites, but I was stunned by the increase.”
Pennsylvania: Not Guilty Plea in Hate Crime
Two teenagers have pleaded not guilty in federal court to a hate crime in the death of an illegal immigrant from Mexico. The two — Brandon Piekarsky, 18, and Derrick Donchak, 19 — were arraigned in Wilkes-Barre on charges stemming from the July 2008 beating death of the immigrant, Luís Ramírez, 25, in Shenandoah.