'Your papers, please' must never be heard in America
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
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States complain that they will suffer in the budget sequesters, but they themselves have a lot to say about how much money the federal government has available to spend.
President Barack Obama thinks his health care law makes states an offer they can't refuse.
For years, Sonia Limas would drag her daughters to the emergency room whenever they fell sick. As an illegal immigrant, she had no health insurance, and the only place she knew to seek treatment was the hospital _ the most expensive setting for those covering the cost.
The looming "fiscal cliff" threatens to turn our fragile recovery into another full-blown recession if President Obama's push to raise taxes on U.S. job creators is successful. It also threatens to undermine our national defense by cutting resources for our military.
The expansion of health care coverage for millions of the nation's poor called for under President Obama's Affordable Care Act will add a trillion dollars to Medicaid costs over the next decade — but states that participate in the program would see their own costs increase by less than 3 percent, according to a new study.
After approaching nearly 500 slayings a year in the early 1990s, the annual rate in the District has gradually declined to the point that the city is now on the verge of a once-unthinkable milestone.
As of last year, a married couple earning two average incomes would have paid more into Social Security that they could expect to receive from it. If the man lives to the expected age of 82 and the woman to 85, they would get back $556,000 of the $598,000 they paid into the system over their lives, according to the Urban Institute. That's a bad deal, and the ripoff will only get worse without major reform.
People retiring today are part of the first generation of workers who have paid more in Social Security taxes during their careers than they will receive in benefits after they retire. It's a historic shift that will only get worse for future retirees, according to an analysis by the Associated Press.
For Gov. Rick Perry, saying "no" to the federal health care law could also mean turning away up to 1.3 million Texans, nearly half the uninsured people who could be newly eligible for coverage in his state.
One of the biggest misconceptions about President Obama's health care overhaul isn't who the law will cover, but rather who it won't.
A Supreme Court decision to rule against the individual mandate that requires Americans to buy insurance coverage would sour the health care industry on President Obama's health care reforms. But the extent of the damage has a lot to do with whether the sickest Americans will still be able to enter the insurance market.
I'm at the leading edge of the baby boom, and unlike many of my colleagues, I am not eager to sign up for my Social Security and Medicare entitlements. I would like some options - and the country and seniors both would be better off if Congress offered some.
Some of the Republican candidates wanted to audition for Comedy Central the other night, aiming their one-liners at Herman Cain. But the pizza man is no joke. Mr. Cain is able, you might say. If his rivals are not taking him seriously, they should. Everyone else is.
In a plan that convinced more Senate Democrats to fund President Obama's jobs bill, Majority Leader Harry Reid is calling for a vote this week on a new tax targeting millionaires.
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