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AAPI Communities to Benefit from Patients’ Bill of Rights Which Prioritizes Crucial Preventive Care

eboard Posted September 24, 2010 at 11:40 PM
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As of this week, sixteen million AAPIs can expect to benefit from the reduction of preventable diseases and conditions through the Patients’ Bill of Rights. When congressional Democrats and President Barack Obama enacted the Affordable Care Act six months ago, the new law included a “Patients’ Bill of Rights” to protect consumers and patients from some of the insurance industry’s most abusive practices. This series of provisions prioritizes preventive care and recourse for patients that have been unfairly denied claims.

AAPI communities are needlessly left vulnerable to treatable diseases and avoidable conditions because of theprohibitive cost of preventive care or because their insurance plans just won’t cover regular screenings. The Patients’ Bill of Rights will help to eliminate disparities that exist ...

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Six Reasons to Join a Vote 2010 Event This Weekend

eboard Posted September 24, 2010 at 11:40 PM
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As Friday afternoon becomes evening and thoughts turn to the weekend, consider adding a Vote 2010 event to your Saturday or Sunday plans. Now’s a great time to join in and support Democratic candidates—there are 39 days until November 2nd and many reasons to get involved. Here are just six reasons to join in now and help Democrats keep making progress this election season:

  1. Yesterday, new provisions of health reform took effect—barring insurance companies from denying coverage to children with pre-existing conditions, prohibiting lifetime limits on care, and allowing young people to stay on their parents plans for longer. If Republicans take control this November, the hard-earned progress we’ve achieved with the Affordable Care Act could be in jeopardy.
  2. President Obama has ...

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GOP Pledge to America “Deeply counterproductive” and “Fiscally irresponsible”

eboard Posted September 24, 2010 at 3:38 PM
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Across the board, the reactions to yesterday’s Republican “Pledge to America” came in loud...and negative. Conservative candidates and pundits said it didn’t go far enough, while editorial boards and experts criticized the plan for being low on substance while also promoting harmful economic policies that would take our country backward.

Conservatives distanced themselves from the Pledge to America and blasted its fiscal irresponsibility:

Kansas City Star - “GOP ‘Pledge to America’ infuriates some conservatives”:

The Republican Party’s new “Pledge to America,” already battered by liberals, is now facing criticism from an unlikely source — some conservatives, who say it doesn’t go far enough to rein in big government. “This is the most fiscally irresponsible document ever offered by the GOP,” blogger ...

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Republicans’ Pledge to Special Interests?

eboard Posted September 24, 2010 at 3:38 PM
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Yesterday, Republicans gathered at a small business – one that likely would have benefited from the Small Business Jobs bill those same Republicans voted against later in the day – to unveil their “Pledge to America.” This story has already been widely  covered, with many noting the lack of new ideas and the uncanny resemblance those ideas that are there have to the same Bush-era policies that drove us into the recession in the first place.

If enacted, these policies would have devastating effects on the deficit and national debt, small businesses, and working and middle class families – not to mention the consequences of Republicans carrying out their threats to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Wall Street Reform, ...

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Answer Key: Who Said It—Mitt Romney or Gordon Gekko?

eboard Posted September 24, 2010 at 3:38 PM
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1.     “I'm not a powder puff. By that I mean that it's not that I would never consider laying off workers or closing down a plant to save a company. Unfortunately in the business world I know, the world of troubled companies, many businesses can get better with medicine. But many others require painful, wrenching surgery. I have been involved with companies that concluded they had to close a plant in order to survive.”
Mitt Romney

2.     “I am not a destroyer of companies, I am a liberator of them.”
Gordon Gekko

3.     “He demonizes Wall Street as if Wall Street greed is something new. It’s been there for a long time, and that is not the reason ...

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