Hagan commits to health insurance option

July 31, 2009

Hagan commits to health insurance option
U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, who has been the focus of an intense lobbying campaign, said Thursday that she is committed to a compromise health-care proposal that would provide an alternative to private insurance.
Hagan said she supports what is called the community health insurance option, which would be a government-backed plan available to people who cannot get their insurance from employers.
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Burr announces he’ll vote against Sotomayor

July 30, 2009

Burr announces he’ll vote against Sotomayor

U.S. Sen. Richard Burr will oppose Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination for the U.S. Supreme Court, saying that he admires her qualifications but that he fears she would impose her personal beliefs in setting legal precedent.
“My fear is that she has been unable to separate her personal belief system from that of the letter of the law,” Burr said in a prepared statement.

Sotomayor, who would be the first Hispanic member on the court, has been widely criticized by Republicans for a speech in which she said “a wise Latina” might sometimes make better decisions than a white male.
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Healthcare Debate, Part 4

July 30, 2009

Rep. Virginia Foxx: “There Are No Americans Who Don’t Have Healthcare,” Story by Justin Grimes

More than 2,700 uninsured people were treated over 2.5 days in Wise, Va.In part one of our ongoing series on the state of healthcare in the High Country, “Volunteer Healthcare Providers Saving Lives and Needing Assistance,” we reported that the Community Care Clinic—a volunteer healthcare provider organization that treats people without insurance or the financial means to see a doctor—is booked up two months in advance, turns people away regularly and has initiated a fundraising campaign in order to increase its services. In part two, “A Local Cost Conundrum,” 17 percent of people in North Carolina reported not visiting a doctor due to the expense. In part three of the series, “Primary Care Saves Lives and Money,” High Country hospital officials warned us of the extraordinary emergency room expense incurred when patients who do not have access to primary healthcare turn up at the emergency room with exacerbated conditions.
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Foxx sponsors new healthcare bill

July 30, 2009


U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-5) cosponsored the Improving Health Care for All Americans Act (H.R. 3218) a bill that Foxx says will dramatically expand Americans’ access to health insurance.

“Our healthcare system is in need of reform,” Foxx said. “This legislation addresses the serious gaps in health insurance coverage that exist for many families. Foxx added that by creating tax credits for uninsured families and new Individual Membership Associations Congress will help make healthcare more affordable and portable.
According to a statement by Foxx, the bill promotes three different policy changes:

• First, it creates a health insurance tax credit of up to $2,500 for individuals and $5,000 for families.

• It also expands insurance options and access to health insurance by creating Individual Membership Associations (IMAs). IMAs would expand insurance coverage by allowing groups like trade associations, churches and other civic groups to offer affordable insurance to their members.

• Finally, H.R. 3218 provides federal incentives for states to create high risk insurance pools for Americans who have difficulty securing health insurance.

Rahm Emanuel’s chickens ‘coming home to roost’

July 29, 2009

Rahm’s chickens come ‘home to roost’
By: Glenn Thrush
July 29, 2009 04:34 AM EST

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) is angry that the conservative Blue Dogs are dominating health care negotiations, and she’s blaming their breeder — Rahm Emanuel.

Waters, former chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, told MSNBC that the Dogs have proved so powerful because Emanuel, the former DCCC head, and others promised to allow them to vote however they want on any issue.
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Foxx Cosponsors Healthcare Bill

July 28, 2009

Foxx Cosponsors Healthcare Bill
Written by Adam Hicks

Tuesday, July 28 2009
Congresswoman Virginia Foxx cosponsored a bill today called the Improving Healthcare for All Americans Act.

According to Foxx’ office, the piece of legislation is expected to create a health insurance tax credit, expand insurance options and access to health insurance, and provide federal incentives for states to create high-risk insurance pools for Americans who have difficulty securing health insurance.

In a released statement, Foxx said, “Our healthcare system is in need of reform. This legislation addresses the serious gaps in health insurance coverage that exist for many families.”

On Sotomayor, Hagan is a yea; Burr is a maybe

July 21, 2009

U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan will support Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, but U.S. Sen. Richard Burr isn’t ready to commit.
Sotomayor spent last week answering questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee about her record. The committee will begin debate today on whether to recommend her. The full Senate, including Hagan and Burr, would then cast the final vote on her confirmation.

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NCSU to probe Mary Easley’s job

July 15, 2009

NCSU to probe Mary Easley’s job
BY JAY PRICE, Staff Writer

In their first meeting since publicly announcing that Chancellor James Oblinger had quit and former state first lady Mary Easley would be fired, N.C. State University’s board of trustees named a committee to investigate the scandal over Easley’s hiring.

The Easley controversy also cost former Provost Larry Nielsen and former trustees Chairman McQueen Campbell their posts.

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Subpoena seeks more on Mary Easley, e-mail

July 10, 2009

Subpoena seeks more on Mary Easley, e-mail
A new subpoena issued to N.C. State University seeks more documents about Mary Easley’s jobs at N.C. State University and shows that investigators want to know more about deleted e-mail messages from former Chancellor James Oblinger’s high-priority account.

The subpoena was received this week, according to NCSU Chancellor James Woodward.

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Local hero dies in Middle East

July 8, 2009

by Karen Martin Staff Writer kamartin@elkintribune.com
07.08.09 – 11:22 am
Elkin has lost a war hero.

Army Capt. Mark Garner was killed in Afghanistan Monday when a roadside bomb exploded underneath the vehicle he and three others were riding in according to the military.

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