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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Apr 29, 2011 Soft Drink Industry Fights Proposed Food Stamp Ban
QUOTE: They also fear that restrictions on soft drinks would set a precedent for the government to distinguish between good and bad foods and to ban the use of food stamps for other products… The plan is unfair to food stamp recipients because it treats them differently from other customers.
New York Times Apr 26, 2011 House G.O.P. Members Face Voter Anger Over Budget
QUOTE: Attendees accused a Republican lawmaker of trying to dismantle Medicare while providing tax cuts to corporations and affluent Americans… An announcer says that a House-approved budget amounts to “ending Medicare so millionaires can get another tax break.”
New York Times Apr 17, 2011 The Middle-Class Tax Trap
QUOTE: Asking a population that’s increasingly brown and beige to accept punishing tax rates while white seniors receive roughly $3 in Medicare benefits for every dollar they paid in (the projected ratio in the 2030s) promises to polarize the country along racial as well as generational lines.
New York Times Mar 29, 2011 Why We’re Fasting
QUOTE: The budget proposes cuts in the WIC program... in international food and health aid... and in programs that aid farmers in underdeveloped countries. Food stamps are also being attacked, in the twisted “Welfare Reform 2011” bill... These supposedly deficit-reducing cuts — they’d barely make a dent — will quite literally cause more people to starve to death, go to bed hungry or live more miserably than are doing so now. And: The bill would increase defense spending.
New York Times Dec 28, 2010 Some Israelis Question Benefits for Ultra-Religious
QUOTE: a growing backlash to the privileges and subsidies long granted to the ultra-religious. The issue is not just the hundreds of millions of dollars doled out annually for seminaries and child allowances. Worry — and anger — is deepening about whether Israel can survive economically if it continues to encourage a culture of not working.
New York Times Mar 03, 2010 New formula to give fresh look at U.S. poverty
QUOTE: The Obama administration Tuesday embraced an alternative way of defining what it means to be poor, stepping gingerly into a long-running debate over whether to revise the method that has been used to measure poverty for decades.
Washington Post Oct 13, 2009 Latin America's worst wage gap for women and minorities? Powerhouse Brazil
QUOTE: ...Brazil sits at the bottom of a list of 18 regional countries when it comes to how much women and minorities are paid for the same job a white man does.
Christian Science Monitor Oct 09, 2009 Should Medicare Benefits Start Later in Life? (Economix)
QUOTE: Instead of heeding the frightening messages emanating from self-styled “protectors” of Medicare, such as Ms. [Betsy] McCaughey, the elderly might search their souls on the moral platform for the political economy of sharing in a civilized society.
New York Times Oct 08, 2009 Lexington: Of debt and deadbeats
QUOTE: Arthur Brooks, the head of the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think-tank, feels that the real culture war in America today is not about gay marriage or abortion, divisive though those issues are, but about capitalism.
Economist Sep 20, 2009 Why Health Care Will Never Be Equal (Economic Views)
QUOTE: How should we, as a society, decide who gets the benefits of this medical breakthrough?
New York Times Sep 16, 2009 When Work Doesn't Pay For The Middle Class: Middle-class folks are finding that a raise or second paycheck doesn't always mean living better. Time to work less?
QUOTE: Work isn't the only middle-class virtue that is getting punished. The system penalizes savings, too--not just through taxes, but also through programs that reward debtors, the profligate and college families that show up at the financial aid office with empty pockets. Yet another series of tax and benefit rules penalizes marriage.
Forbes Sep 15, 2009 When It Comes to Pollution, Less (Kids) May Be More (Green)
QUOTE: new study performed by the London School of Economics suggests that, to fight climate change, governments should focus on another pollutant: us. As in babies. New people.
Washington Post Sep 13, 2009 U.S. Cost-Saving Policy Forces New Kidney Transplant
QUOTE: Although the government regularly pays $100,000 or more for kidney transplants, it stops paying for anti-rejection drugs after only 36 months.
New York Times Sep 05, 2009 Who Will Care for the Newly Insured? (Prescriptions)
QUOTE: 2013. That’s the year everyone would have to have health insurance under the House version of the health care bill. ...many experts say it’s not nearly enough time to beef up the supply of physicians necessary to care for the tens of millions suddenly entering the health care system.
New York Times Sep 05, 2009 Health Care Debate Revives Immigration Battle
QUOTE: During the summer recess, members of Congress faced persistent questions from constituents worried that health care changes could leave taxpayers footing medical bills for illegal immigrants.
New York Times Sep 02, 2009 The Fix Is In: The hidden public-private cartel that sets health care prices.
QUOTE: Fundamentally, the entire payment model of American health care drives medical centers, doctors, and hospital managers to push for more fancy procedures at the expense of primary care doctors.
Slate Sep 01, 2009 Why Jews see racism in Israel
QUOTE: About two-thirds of Ethiopian Jews receive support from state [Israel] welfare agencies. And just over 10 percent recieve post-high school education compared to 40 percent of Israeli Jews, according to an Ethiopian advocacy group.
Christian Science Monitor Aug 30, 2009 Invisible Immigrants, Old and Left With ‘Nobody to Talk To’
QUOTE: experts say that America’s ethnic elderly are among the most isolated people in America.
New York Times Aug 27, 2009 A national shame: Malnutrition in Guatemala
QUOTE: according to Unicef almost half of Guatemala’s children are chronically malnourished—the sixth-worst performance in the world.
Economist Aug 27, 2009 After Iowa Flood, Feeling Just a Bit Ignored
QUOTE: The outpouring of attention toward New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, ratcheting up again now as the fourth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaches, has not been seen here [Cedar Rapids, Iowa]. In fact, the people of Cedar Rapids are feeling neglected.
New York Times Aug 24, 2009 Journalists, Left Out of Debate: Few Americans Seem to Hear Health Care Facts (Media Notes)
QUOTE: The crackling, often angry debate over health-care reform has severely tested the media's ability to untangle a story of immense complexity.
Washington Post Aug 24, 2009 Bioethicist Becomes a Lightning Rod for Criticism
QUOTE: The debate over [White House health care advisor] Dr. [Ezekiel J. Emanuel] shows how subtle philosophical arguments that have long bedeviled bioethicists are being condensed, oversimplified and distorted in the griddle-hot health care debate.
New York Times Aug 21, 2009 VA Reports Detail Misconduct By IT Officials
QUOTE: Two reports issued by the inspector general of the Department of Veterans Affairs point to a range of misconduct in the agency's IT department in recent years...
InformationWeek Aug 20, 2009 FCC asks us all: what, exactly, is broadband? The FCC wants you to tell the agency what you mean by "broadband," and how the Commission should redefine the term as technology changes.
QUOTE: The FCC has put out a Public Notice asking the wise to help them define "broadband [Internet]."
Ars Technica Aug 18, 2009 Family Code Gets Nudge, but Women Seek a Push (Tangier Journal)
QUOTE: Despite an important reform of Morocco’s family code in 2004, pressed upon a reluctant Parliament by the young king, Muhammad VI, sex outside marriage is not recognized in Morocco, any more than homosexuality is.
New York Times Aug 13, 2009 Senators Investigate Hospital Purchasing
QUOTE: Senators from committees like finance, judiciary and aging are investigating the practices of companies that represent big networks of hospitals, nursing homes and other institutions. These group purchasing organizations select “preferred” manufacturers and negotiate the prices of medical products, which are a closely held secret.
New York Times Aug 12, 2009 Iraqi Immigrants Face Lonely Struggle in U.S.
QUOTE: A report released in June by the International Rescue Committee, a refugee resettlement organization in New York, said that many Iraqi immigrants have been unable to find jobs, are exhausting government and other benefits and are spiraling toward poverty and homelessness.
New York Times Aug 10, 2009 Alaskans question cost of supporting rural outposts: With federal stimulus money going to build infrastructure in tiny, remote communities, many in the state wonder if it's worthwhile.
QUOTE: The cost of keeping rural Alaska afloat has been one of the state's most enduring challenges. Now a place that sees itself as the nation's last frontier, where countless communities depend on bush planes and boats for their food and fuel deliveries, is having to support its outposts in an age of cable television, cellphone networks and the Internet.
Los Angeles Times Aug 08, 2009 Where Have You Gone, Joe the Citizen?
QUOTE: The traditional town hall meeting, a staple of Congressional constituent relations, had been hijacked, overrun by sophisticated social-networking campaigns [to protest healthcare reform]...
New York Times Aug 06, 2009 Iraqis Freed by U.S. Face Few Jobs and Little Hope
QUOTE: He [Alaq Khleirallah] is one of roughly 90,000 detainees who have been released from American detention centers in the past six years, a process that will end sometime next year, when the last center is to be transferred to Iraqi control. Almost 10,000 detainees remain in American custody. They have received a grim welcome.
New York Times Aug 01, 2009 In Ranks of Heroes, Finding the Fakes
QUOTE: Military imposters are nothing new. But the problem has grown or at least become more obvious as charlatans are easily able to find fake military documents, medals and uniforms on auction Web sites.
New York Times Jul 31, 2009 Do Public Colleges Rip Off Students?
QUOTE: the budget crises, especially California’s, have the institutions [public universities] approaching a tipping point at which the democratic dynamism of the public research university turns into a sloppy copy of the famous private research universities
Jul 26, 2009 Uranium Contamination Haunts Navajo Country
QUOTE: homes are being demolished and rebuilt under a new government program that seeks to identify what are very likely dozens of uranium-contaminated structures still standing on Navajo land and to temporarily relocate people living in them until the homes can be torn down and rebuilt.
New York Times Jul 21, 2009 Industry Cash Flowed To Drafters of Reform: Key Senator Baucus Is a Leading Recipient
QUOTE: Top health executives and lobbyists have continued to flock to the senator's[Max Baucus] often extravagant fundraising events in recent months. During a Senate break in late June, for example, Baucus held his 10th annual fly-fishing and golfing weekend in Big Sky, Mont., for a minimum donation of $2,500.
Washington Post Jul 20, 2009 Postpartum Depression: Do All Moms Need Screening?
QUOTE: Does PPD [Postpartum Depression] screening identify cases of real depression or simply contribute to the potentially dangerous medicalization of motherhood?
Time Magazine Jul 20, 2009 S.C. case looks on child obesity as child abuse. But is it?
QUOTE: With childhood obesity on the rise across the USA, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, [Jerri] Gray's attorney says it could open the door to more criminal action against parents whose children have become dangerously overweight.
USA TODAY Jul 15, 2009 Why We Must Ration Health Care
QUOTE: Health care is a scarce resource, and all scarce resources are rationed in one way or another.
New York Times Jun 25, 2009 Heading for the emergency room (Reforming American health care)
QUOTE: The American health-care system, which gobbles up about 16% of the country’s economic output, is by far the most expensive in the world...
Economist Jun 19, 2009 Iraqi Immigrants: Refugees in a Land of No Opportunity
QUOTE: According to assistance agencies, Iraqi refugees across the country — some of whom, like the Jabers, risked violence, kidnapping and death threats for assisting U.S. forces — face the danger of homelessness in their adopted land... The government's refugee assistance system as it exists is in crisis, and is failing to meet its basic mandate to protect and serve refugees...
Time Magazine May 07, 2009 Ready or Not, Katrina Victims Lose Temporary Housing (Leaving the Trailer : No Extension Allowed Part 4)
QUOTE: Though more than 4,000 Louisiana homeowners have received rebuilding money only in the last six months, or are struggling with inadequate grants or no money at all, FEMA is intent on taking away their [temporary] trailers by the end of May.
New York Times Mar 20, 2009 Following the rockfall, Egyptian slum dwellers have little more than hope
QUOTE: in the months following the [rock slide] disaster, the family [Khalaf Hussein and Hanifa Abbas]... have been stymied by bureaucratic hurdles, corruption, and this country's [Egypt] changing attitudes toward the urban poor.
Christian Science Monitor Apr 17, 2007 Dosing For Dollars
QUOTE: The conclusions in the JAMA study also underline flaws in the way Medicare reimbursement for dialysis treatment is currently structured. Most of the 335,000 kidney failure patients in the U.S. who receive dialysis are covered by Medicare, no matter how old they are....Medicare reimburses dialysis centers directly for this treatment at a fixed amount. But reimbursement for the use of Epogen is not capped; instead, it is based on the amount of the drug that is used. Perhaps not surprisingly, Medicare spends more money on Epogen--nearly $2 billion--than on any other drug.
Forbes Mar 09, 2007 US heating bills up, but federal aid down: At least seven states are completely out of assistance money or will be soon.
QUOTE: What's happened is that the number of people requiring energy-bill assistance has grown at the same time that Congress and the White House have cut funding by nearly $1 billion from last year. The combination has quickly rippled to the states, and at least seven are either completely out of money or will be shortly.
Christian Science Monitor Jan 26, 2007 Bush Touts Health-Care Plan as Cost Control
QUOTE: "With his new health-care proposals receiving a frosty reception from Democrats on Capitol Hill, President Bush ventured here Thursday to make the case that his ideas offer the best remedy for the nation's health insurance crisis."
Washington Post Jan 20, 2007 Temporary 'Enjoyment Marriages' In Vogue Again With Some Iraqis
QUOTE: ..."mutaa," or enjoyment marriage, a temporary union believed by Shiite Muslims to be sanctioned by Islamic law...."It's a cover for prostitution," said Um Akram, a women's rights activist in Baghdad. "Some women, because they don't want to be prostitutes, they think that this is legal because it's got some kind of religious cover.
Washington Post Jan 13, 2007 House Passes Medicare Drug Bill
QUOTE: "The House voted yesterday to require the government to negotiate lower prescription drug prices for Medicare beneficiaries. But the measure faces an uncertain future in the Senate, a veto threat from President Bush, and considerable doubts from experts about whether it would save elderly and disabled Americans much money."
Washington Post Dec 26, 2006 A flap over recouping costs of Medicaid: States try harder to recover their losses from providing healthcare to the poor - even seizing homes.
QUOTE: In the face of soaring Medicaid costs, Tennessee and every other state are required to set up a Medicaid estate-recovery program...the varied ways in which states are going after these assets have produced confusion, anger, and even lawsuits. When a loved one dies, some families are stunned to lose the home, too, advocates say.
Christian Science Monitor Nov 06, 2006 As Drug Prices Climb, Democrats Find Fault With Medicare Plan
QUOTE: "Democrats, who have long charged that the drug industry is profiteering at taxpayers’ expense, say they want to introduce legislation to revoke the law that bars Medicare from negotiating prices directly with drug makers like Pfizer for the medicines it buys."
New York Times Nov 04, 2006 Basic Instincts: Give a Break to Americans Giving Birth
QUOTE: the United States is the only industrialized country that doesn’t guarantee some sort of paid leave to new mothers..."about 40 percent of working women don’t qualify for leave under the F.M.L.A.”
New York Times Nov 03, 2006 Infant-Care Rule Cites Immigrants in U.S. Illegally
QUOTE: Under a new federal policy, children born in the United States to illegal immigrants with low incomes will no longer be automatically entitled to health insurance through Medicaid
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