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Archive for June 25th, 2009

Health care reformers make recommendations

The health care debate gears up. Here’s a report from Health Care for America Now, which describes itself as a national coalition of more than 1,000 organizations, and generally is affiliated with President Barack Obama. These are the recommendations, and below is the 20-page report on Texas (click here for some background from a state Rep. Norma Chavez news release announcing her presence with multiple others in D.C. to lobby on behalf of HCAN and its affiliates):

— For families purchasing health insurance, subsidies based on the federal poverty level must be regionally adjusted to account for drastic cost-of-living variations among urban and rural areas.

— Individuals, employers and government have a shared responsibility to contribute to the cost of extending affordable health coverage to everyone.

— The government should not tax employer-sponsored health insurance benefits. Benefit packages should be comprehensive and defined as a benchmark for all insurance plans. There should be no annual or lifetime caps on benefits payable by a health insurance plan.

HCAN – TexasAffordabilityReportFinal

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June 25, 2009 at 1:16 pm

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Masks against swine flu

News release came across our desk:

June 25, 2009

Kelley Applauds House Approval of Language Permitting All DHS Employees to Voluntarily Wear Protective Masks

Washington, D.C.—The leader of the union representing thousands of frontline homeland security employees today applauded House of Representatives approval of language providing these workers with the right to voluntarily wear protective masks while performing their duties.

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June 25, 2009 at 1:07 pm

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NPT Biz: Two El Paso brands go fishing in Texas Monthly

Two great tastes that go great together …

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June 25, 2009 at 1:04 pm

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Transportation-dominated Texas Lege special session starts next week

Press release from the office of Texas gov. Rick Perry:

AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today announced that a special session of the Texas Legislature will begin on Wednesday, July 1, at 10 a.m.

“The 81st Legislative Session was one of the most successful in recent memory, providing a tax cut to 40,000 small businesses and increasing financial aid for college students by more than 40 percent, all without touching our states Rainy Day Fund,” Gov. Perry said. “After speaking with legislators I am calling a special session to extend the operation of five critical agencies and help reduce gridlock by continuing to provide options for financing our state’s highways.”

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June 25, 2009 at 12:02 pm

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