health care

  1. I go to a lot of our centers, and young men mainly come in for two reasons: One is to get STD testing, and the other is to come in with their partner to get birth control.”

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    President of Planned Parenthood Cecile Richards on the nonprofit organization’s resources for men. Federal funding of Planned Parenthood can only be used toward preventative care, which includes these resources.

    Richards, along with Dr. Jill Biden and OFA Deputy Campaign Manager Stephanie Cutter, held a conference call with swing state university news outlets Thursday afternoon, in which she spoke of Romney’s plan to cut funding to Planned Parenthood.

  2. The Albuquerque Journal addresses President Barack Obama’s controversial health care reform bill and declares that a “Majority of New Mexicans better off under ObamaCare.” 

  3. CNN reports that health care is the “most shared issue” on social media in 13 battleground states, according to data from social sharing company ShareThis. And New Mexicans  discuss healthcare online more than twice as often as other 12 “battleground states” included in the study. 

    According to information provided to CNN, 16.1% of total shares in 12 battleground states are stories about health care. Over 12% of shares are on stories relating to abortion, followed by education, the economy, role of government, gun control, environment, same-sex marriage, terrorism and foreign policy. Immigration is the least shared-issue with only 1.7% of all shares. Users from New Mexico share health care stories the most – at 45% – followed by New Hampshire at 20%.

    CNN »

  4. Former U.S. Comptroller General David Walker’s “$10 Million A Minute” bus tour, which aims to raise awareness about the country’s fiscal troubles, stopped at Temple University’s Fox School of Business on Tuesday.  
Walker was joined by former Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell.
Rendell  called for reform measures to be made in health care, defense spending and social security as part of a plan to reduce the country’s national debt. Walker, who is an Independent, claimed his plan is nonpartisan.
Read more the tour and Walker’s Comeback America Initiative from Jonathan Capehart. 

    Former U.S. Comptroller General David Walker’s “$10 Million A Minute” bus tour, which aims to raise awareness about the country’s fiscal troubles, stopped at Temple University’s Fox School of Business on Tuesday.  

    Walker was joined by former Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell.

    Rendell  called for reform measures to be made in health care, defense spending and social security as part of a plan to reduce the country’s national debt. Walker, who is an Independent, claimed his plan is nonpartisan.

    Read more the tour and Walker’s Comeback America Initiative from Jonathan Capehart. 

    news.temple.edu »

  5. The New York Times’ Sabrina Tavernise reports

    The share of young adults without  health insurance fell by one-sixth in 2011 from the previous year, the largest annual decline for any age group since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began collecting the data in 1997, according to a new report released on Monday.

    The estimates are drawn from a federal survey of about 35,000 households. It did not ask how the newly insured obtained coverage, but the study’s author, Matthew Broaddus, a research analyst at the liberal Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, said the increased coverage for young people was almost certainly due to a provision in the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act that allows children to stay on their parents’ insurance policies until their 26th birthday.

    See the CDC’s report here.

    The Census Bureau will release its annual report on changes to national health insurance coverage for the nation on Thursday.

    The New York Times »

  6. Anuradha Prakash, 9, looks around the crowd on Norlin Quad at the University of Colorado at Boulder in Colo. atop her father, Mani’s shoulders as President Obama addresses the crowd of about 13,000 Sunday afternoon.
The president’s visit to the Boulder campus was the second appearance of an acting president in the last 58 years, the last being Obama’s April 24, 2012 visit.
For more, see the CU Independent

    Anuradha Prakash, 9, looks around the crowd on Norlin Quad at the University of Colorado at Boulder in Colo. atop her father, Mani’s shoulders as President Obama addresses the crowd of about 13,000 Sunday afternoon.

    The president’s visit to the Boulder campus was the second appearance of an acting president in the last 58 years, the last being Obama’s April 24, 2012 visit.

    For more, see the CU Independent

  7. This platform affirms the traditional meaning of marriage and the sanctity of human life, defends religious freedom and Second Amendment rights and calls for a balanced budget amendment. This platform is an invitation. It invites every American to consider what kind of country we want to be. An America where every person matters, every worker has an opportunity to work and every family can aspire to a better future. We invite Americans to consider this platform: a call for dramatic change in government, from stagnation to prosperity, from an entitlement society to an opportunity society.

    This platform is a pledge.

    - Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell speaking today at the Republican National Convention about the party’s platform. McDonnell is serving as chairman of the Committee on Resolutions at the convention.
  8. Paul Ryan visited Lakewood High School in Jefferson County, Colo. on Tuesday, where the supporters were gathered in anticipation of hearing the presumptive Republican vice presidential candidate speak.

    More than 2,000 people attended the rally, according to Rick Searle, an officer at the Jefferson County sheriff’s office who could hear cheers echoing from the gymnasium at the front entrance of the high school.

    Ryan heralded the importance of utilizing American energy resources before speaking on the economy, budget deficit, and Barack Obama’s presidential record.

    "We need to make sure we use our own energy because we have our own energy," Ryan said. "You have it all in Colorado."

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  9. In a July campaign stop in West Palm Beach, Fla., President Obama suggested that Mitt Romney’s plan would turn Medicare into a “voucher program" that would leave out many seniors.

    Medicare, for which citizens over the age of 65 qualify, is a hot topic in Florida, where seniors are 17 percent of the population. 

    Romney says that under his Medicare plan, “lower income seniors in the future will receive the most generous benefits to ensure that they are able to get care every bit as good as that provided in the current Medicare program.” 

    Today in history, the same legislation that created Medicare also created Medicaid.

    ourpresidents:

    On This Day: The Medicare Bill 

    On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Social Security Amendments of 1965 which created the Medicare program of health care benefits for those over the age of 65.

    LBJ signed the Act at the Truman Library in Independence, MO. Former President Harry S. Truman had long worked towards the goals of the Act, and he participated in the ceremony. 

    The Trumans were of modest means, and Harry Truman described the event as a “profound personal experience for me.”  Harry and Bess received Medicare registration card numbers 1 and 2 in January, 1966.


    -More on the Medicare Bill from the Presidential Timeline

    presidentialtimeline.org »

  10. msnbc:

Interactive map, click through to see where your state stands on health care, Medicaid. What will it mean for you and your neighbors? Roll over each state to access more data http://on.msnbc.com/MZwmBf

    msnbc:

    Interactive map, click through to see where your state stands on health care, Medicaid. What will it mean for you and your neighbors? Roll over each state to access more data http://on.msnbc.com/MZwmBf

    msnbc »

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