October 7, 2013

  • CHN: Government Shutdown Followed by Economic Meltdown? A Way Out Remains Elusive

    The federal government has been shut down for almost a week. The public does not like it. The drivers of the shutdown strategy are starting to acknowledge it has failed to stop or delay the new health care law. The House has begun to enact funding measures for popular programs such as the national parks, veterans’ services, and WIC. The Senate has rejected this piecemeal approach. Divisions among Republicans attempting to extricate themselves from a bad spot are increasingly public Read More »

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  • CHN: The Affordable Care Act – Enrollment Begins

    Enrollment in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as “Obamacare,” got off to a robust start on October 1 when 2.8 million people went to the www.HealthCare.gov website and millions more visited state-specific websites to explore their options. The latest census data indicates that in 2012 nearly 48 million Americans, or 15.4 percent, were uninsured. Read More »

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  • CHN: House Democrats Introduce Immigration Bill

    On October 2, House Democratic leaders introduced a bill To Provide for Comprehensive Immigration Reform and for Other Purposes (H.R. 15). Lead sponsor Rep. Joe Garcia (D-FL) and the 120 co-sponsors hope that the bill will help build momentum for a bipartisan effort in the House to enact comprehensive immigration reform this fall. Read More »

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  • CHN: Family and Medical Leave Insurance Act to be Introduced Soon; Advocates Continue to Build Support for This National Program to Help Working Families

    Most people will need to take time away from their job to deal with an illness or care for a family member at some point in their career – and yet only eleven percent of workers in the United States receive employer-paid family and medical leave. The Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act (FAMILY Act), new legislation sponsored by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), would provide all eligible employees with as much as twelve weeks of paid leave Read More »

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