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OPINION
March 8, 2013
Re "GOP revisits Medicare reform," March 3 People get the greatest share of their lifetime medical care after age 65, and Medicare is currently the cheapest solution to that problem. The federal program's overhead is smaller than private insurance, but economists say the program is underfunded. If raising taxes is a tough sell, then increasing the monthly medical insurance premium that most Medicare recipients pay above $104 would improve its financing. That is cheaper than having millions of seniors on the welfare rolls due to medical bankruptcy, which could happen if we place seniors at the mercy of the insurance companies by giving them vouchers.
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NEWS
November 2, 2012 | By James Rainey
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has a response to Mitt Romney's claim that he will “reach across the aisle” to work with Democrats in Congress, if he becomes president: Don't bet on it. “Mitt Romney's fantasy that Senate Democrats will work with him to pass his 'severely conservative' agenda is laughable,” the Nevada Democrat said in a statement Friday morning. He went on to list a series of Republican-backed measures he said Democrats would never support.
NATIONAL
September 21, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
Kenneth Feinberg, who oversaw victim compensation funds after the Virginia Tech shootings, the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and to those connected to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, is being asked to become involved in the money collected after a shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo. The shooting prompted more than $5 million in donations. Feinberg, who was hired this week to deal with compensation claims stemming from the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal at Penn State, will meet on Friday with Colorado state and charity officials to discuss a role in resolving disputes, it was reported by a variety of media outlets.
OPINION
August 26, 2012 | Doyle McManus
ARCADE, N.Y. - Kathy Hochul is a young, first-term Democratic congresswoman fighting for her political life in a solidly Republican district outside Buffalo, N.Y. Unlike most of that liberal state, this is Romney country; a poll last week showed the GOP candidate ahead of President Obama in her district by a whopping 12 points. So how does Hochul hope to persuade Republican-leaning voters to cross partisan lines to send a Democrat back to Washington? One word: Medicare. "Here's what they proposed," she told the senior citizens of rural Arcade at their Friday lunch in the village clubhouse earlier this month.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 2012 | By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
Victims of the 2008 Metrolink crash in Chatsworth told an aide to U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Friday that they were disappointed in Congress' failure to increase a railroad liability cap that left them inadequately compensated for their injuries and financial losses. About 20 victims and relatives of those killed in the collision with a Union Pacific freight train met privately at the Simi Valley Library with Molly O'Brien, a field representative for the Democratic senator from California.
NATIONAL
June 29, 2012 | By Noam N. Levey, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - President Obama, in his drive for a national healthcare overhaul, strove to provide a new guarantee that all Americans, no matter where they live, would have basic protection against sickness and disease, ending decades of variation among states. The Supreme Court did not dismantle that guarantee Thursday. But while upholding the Affordable Care Act, the court opened the door to something the president and other champions of the law sought to avoid - widening disparities between red and blue states in who gets healthcare.
NEWS
June 28, 2012 | By Hal Dardick, Chicago Tribune
CHICAGO - Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday called the healthcare decision “historic,” noting that presidents from both parties for decades before Obama tried and failed to expand medical coverage. As Obama's chief of staff at the beginning of the term, Emanuel was a key player in passing the law through Congress, where he previously served. It's a good thing the president ignored his warnings about the political peril of wading into health care, Emanuel told reporters.
NATIONAL
May 12, 2012 | By Noam N. Levey, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Even as Americans debate whether to scrap President Obama's healthcare law and its promise of guaranteed health coverage, many far less affluent nations are moving in the opposite direction - to provide medical insurance to all citizens. China, after years of underfunding healthcare, is on track to complete a three-year, $124-billion initiative projected to cover more than 90% of the nation's residents. Mexico, which a decade ago covered less than half its population, just completed an eight-year drive for universal coverage that has dramatically expanded Mexicans' access to life-saving treatments for diseases such as leukemia and breast cancer.
NEWS
March 28, 2012 | By Patt Morrison
Something close to two out of three bankruptcies in this country are not on account of Vegas gambling trips that got out of hand, or wild living in high style. They're because of medical bills. That means that Mary Brown, who owed about $4,500 in medical bills out of the $55,000 debt she and her husband held, could be the poster woman for the healthcare overhaul law now being argued before the Supreme Court. Except that she was already the poster woman for the other side, the opponents of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Brown and her husband were running an auto repair shop in Florida when she volunteered to be a plaintiff against the law being challenged by the National Federation of Independent Business.
NATIONAL
March 8, 2012 | By David G. Savage, Los Angeles Times
Mary Brown, a 56-year-old Florida woman who owned a small auto repair shop but had no health insurance, became the lead plaintiff challenging President Obama's healthcare law because she was passionate about the issue. Brown "doesn't have insurance. She doesn't want to pay for it. And she doesn't want the government to tell her she has to have it," said Karen Harned, a lawyer for the National Federation of Independent Business. Brown is a plaintiff in the federation's case, which the Supreme Court plans to hear later this month.
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