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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 32 n° 27

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Cohesion reform debate

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 13 aprile 2010

The Committee of the Regions (CoR) is setting out its stall ahead of the debate on the future of EU cohesion policy: at their plenary session on 14-15 April, Europe’s regional and local representatives will adopt a report on the issue prepared by Michael Schneider (DE/EPP). The following week, an external COTER seminar in Jaén, Spain, will provide an opportunity to flesh out these requests. As EU politicians are discussing their strategic framework for the next decade (“Europe 2020”), the debate on the future of cohesion policy is expected to enter its crucial phase later this year with the publication of the European Commission’s 5th cohesion report. First drafts of the new structural funds regulations could then be presented in mid-2011.  To make sure that the voice of Europe’s regions and cities is heard at the very beginning of this discussion, the Committee of the Regions is preparing an outlook opinion on the future of EU cohesion policy after 2013. Over the past few months, Michael Schneider (DE/EPP), European Affairs State Secretary of the Land of Saxony-Anhalt and CoR rapporteur on the issue, has consulted widely with other CoR members, local and regional authorities from across Europe, their associations and other stakeholders. Schneider will present his draft opinion at the CoR plenary session on 14/15 April, in the presence of Johannes Hahn, European Commissioner for Regional Policy. By adopting this opinion, the Committee of the Regions will become the first EU body to formulate an official position on the future of cohesion policy.  In an interview, Michael Schneider makes the case for a strong cohesion policy at European level  in the future: “Given its target of the harmonious development of the European Union as a whole, economic, social and territorial cohesion forms a core element of the European integration model that was further strengthened by the Lisbon Treaty.”

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Health reform: a great day for America

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 24 marzo 2010

Letter to editor. Riccardo — I’m writing to you on a great day for America. This morning, I gathered with members of Congress, my administration, and hardworking volunteers from every part of the country to sign comprehensive health care reform into law. Thanks to the immeasurable efforts of so many, the dream of reform is now a reality. The bill I just signed puts Americans in charge of our own health care by enacting three key changes: It establishes the toughest patient protections in history. It guarantees all Americans affordable health insurance options, extending coverage to 32 million who are currently uninsured. And it reduces the cost of care — cutting over 1 trillion dollars from the federal deficit over the next two decades. To ensure a successful, stable transition, many of these changes will phase into full effect over the next several years. But for millions of Americans, many of the benefits of reform will begin this year — some even taking effect this afternoon. Here are just a few examples: Small businesses will receive significant tax cuts, this year, to help them afford health coverage for all their employees. Seniors will receive a rebate to reduce drug costs not yet covered under Medicare. Young people will be allowed coverage under their parents’ plan until the age of 26. Early retirees will receive help to reduce premium costs. Children will be protected against discrimination on the basis of medical history. Uninsured Americans with pre-existing conditions can join a special high-risk pool to get the coverage they need, starting in just 90 days. Insured Americans will be protected from seeing their insurance revoked when they get sick, or facing restrictive annual limits on the care they receive. All Americans will benefit from significant new investments to train primary care doctors, nurses, and public health professionals, and the creation of state-level consumer assistance programs to help all patients understand and defend our new rights. As I’ve said many times, and as I know to be true, this astounding victory could not have been achieved without your tireless efforts. So as we celebrate this great day, I want to invite you to add your name where it belongs: alongside mine as a co-signer of this historic legislation. Organizing for America will record the names of co-signers as a permanent commemoration of those who came together to make this moment possible — all of you who refused to give up until the dream of many generations for affordable, quality care for all Americans was finally fulfilled. (Barack Obama) qui

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U.S.A.: Congress passed health care reform

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 22 marzo 2010

Letter to editor. Riccardo For the first time in our nation’s history, Congress has passed comprehensive health care reform. America waited a hundred years and fought for decades to reach this moment. Tonight, thanks to you, we are finally here. Consider the staggering scope of what you have just accomplished: Because of you, every American will finally be guaranteed high quality, affordable health care coverage. Every American will be covered under the toughest patient protections in history. Arbitrary premium hikes, insurance cancellations, and discrimination against pre-existing conditions will now be gone forever. And we’ll finally start reducing the cost of care — creating millions of jobs, preventing families and businesses from plunging into bankruptcy, and removing over a trillion dollars of debt from the backs of our children. But the victory that matters most tonight goes beyond the laws and far past the numbers. It is the peace of mind enjoyed by every American, no longer one injury or illness away from catastrophe. It is the workers and entrepreneurs who are now freed to pursue their slice of the American dream without fear of losing coverage or facing a crippling bill. And it is the immeasurable joy of families in every part of this great nation, living happier, healthier lives together because they can finally receive the vital care they need. This is what change looks like. My gratitude tonight is profound. I am thankful for those in past generations whose heroic efforts brought this great goal within reach for our times. I am thankful for the members of Congress whose months of effort and brave votes made it possible to take this final step. But most of all, I am thankful for you. This day is not the end of this journey. Much hard work remains, and we have a solemn responsibility to do it right. But we can face that work together with the confidence of those who have moved mountains. Our journey began three years ago, driven by a shared belief that fundamental change is indeed still possible. We have worked hard together every day since to deliver on that belief. We have shared moments of tremendous hope, and we’ve faced setbacks and doubt. We have all been forced to ask if our politics had simply become too polarized and too short-sighted to meet the pressing challenges of our time. This struggle became a test of whether the American people could still rally together when the cause was right — and actually create the change we believe in. Tonight, thanks to your mighty efforts, the answer is indisputable: Yes we can. Thank you, (President Barack Obama)

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Letter from Obama

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 18 marzo 2010

Letter to editor: “I wanted to take a moment to thank you directly for the outstanding work you’ve been doing as part of Organizing for America’s Final March for Reform. I can tell you that your voice is heard in Washington every day. I see how your efforts are moving us toward victory. But I also know that with just days remaining, the final vote is shaping up to be extremely close. Everything we’ve worked for is on the line, and your voice is needed now more than ever before.
In these final, crucial days, much more will be asked of us. Our resolve will be tested. During moments like this, I believe it’s important to remember why we have worked so hard for so long. That’s why I spoke to the country Monday at a gathering in Ohio and said it plainly: I’m here for Natoma. Natoma Canfield is like most of us: She works hard, and tries to do what’s right. Years ago, she had battled back from cancer, so she always maintained health insurance in case she ever really needed it again. But because of her medical history, the insurance company kept raising her deductible and her premiums. Last year alone, Natoma paid over $10,000 in monthly premiums and co-pays, while her insurance company chipped in just $900. And then they hiked up her rates another 40%. She simply couldn’t afford it — she had to cancel her policy. That’s when she wrote to me. I read her letter, and shared her story with insurance company CEOs as another reason why the system has to change. That was two weeks ago. Then, just last week, the unthinkable happened: Natoma collapsed, and was rushed to a hospital. It’s leukemia — the cancer has returned. Now she’s in the hospital, worried sick not just about her condition, but how she’ll financially survive. So why am I still in this fight? Simple. I’m here for Natoma. I’m here because of the countless others who have been denied coverage because of pre-existing conditions. I’m here for the small business owners forced to chose between health care and hiring. I’m here for the folks who are forced to watch helplessly as their premiums skyrocket with no reason or recourse. And I’m here for my mother. She died of cancer, and in the last six months of her life, I saw her on the phone in her hospital room arguing with insurance companies instead of focusing on getting well and spending time with her family. As I was finishing my remarks Monday, a woman in the crowd called out, “we need courage.” She’s right. The politicians in Washington need courage to face down the powerful interests who have held back progress for far too long. And all of us who share this cause need courage to speak up with persistence and clarity in these final days. I’ve always found that courage comes from remembering that we fight for something and someone beyond ourselves. It comes from our faith. And it comes from our commitment to those we love. So please take a moment to remember those who inspire you — those who give you the strength to march on. There’s very little time left, and still much to do. But I believe to my core in the power of Americans to change history when we put our mind to it. And if you’ll stay with us in these final days, I know we can do it again. Thank you for making it possible, (President Barack Obama)

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Faith-based council adopts reform

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 28 febbraio 2010

Washington A panel of religious and secular leaders charged with improving the operations of the White House faith-based office and its partnerships adopted recommendations for the office, including a list of 12 proposals that would implement reforms. The 25 members of President Barack Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships approved recommendations from the task force charged with reform of the office, as well as five other task forces.  The Council approved the reform of the office task force’s 12 specific recommendations to strengthen the constitutional and legal footing of public-private partnerships by clarifying the prohibited uses of direct financial assistance, providing guidance on the protection of religious identity while providing social services and assuring the religious liberty rights of clients and beneficiaries of federal social service funds.  The Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty, a strong supporter of church-state separation, also works to defend the free exercise of religion and protect the autonomy of religious organizations. Executive Director J. Brent Walker served on the task force that drafted the recommendations for reform of the office.  The Council’s approved recommendations made it clear that regulations and guidance regarding the use of federal social service funds should equally emphasize two requirements. First, any explicitly religious activities offered by a provider must be privately funded, separate in time or location from the government-funded program, and, second, nongovernmental providers that receive federal grant or contract funds may maintain their institutional religious identity.   The final report highlights some disagreement among the 25-member Advisory Council. While agreeing that the government should permit providers to retain certain aspects of their religious identities while providing federally funded social services, “[m]embers of the Council disagree … about whether the Government should allow social services subsidized by Federal grant or contract funds to be provided in rooms that contain religious art, scripture, messages, or symbols” the report states.  Additionally, the Council was split over the issue of whether the government should require houses of worship to form separate corporations, such as 501(c)(3) organizations, to receive federal funding for social services. The measure passed by a vote of 13-12.  Three members of the Advisory Council have direct ties to the Baptist Joint Committee. Its former general counsel, Melissa Rogers, chairs the Council and the task force charged with reform of the office. A fellow co-chair of religious liberty coalitions, Rabbi David Saperstein, is also on the Advisory Council, as well as the Rev. William Shaw, a Baptist Joint Committee Board Member.  The Advisory Council also approved recommendations developed by five other task forces, which included work on economic recovery and domestic poverty; environment and climate change; fatherhood and healthy families; global poverty and development; and interreligious cooperation. The final Council meeting will be a presentation of the approved recommendations to senior Obama Administration officials. The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 9.
The Baptist Joint Committee is a 74-year-old, Washington, D.C.-based religious liberty organization that works to defend and extend God-given religious liberty for all, bringing a uniquely Baptist witness to the principle that religion must be freely exercised, neither advanced nor inhibited by government.

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Discontent with the pace of change

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 21 gennaio 2010

From Mitch Stewart Yesterday’s disappointing election results show deep discontent with the pace of change. I know the OFA community and the President share that frustration. We also saw what we knew to be true all along: Any change worth making is hard and will be fought at every turn. While it doesn’t take away the sting of this loss, there is no road to real change without setbacks along the way. We could have simply sought to do things that were easy, that wouldn’t stir up controversy. But changes that aren’t controversial rarely solve the problem. Our country continues to face the same fundamental challenges it faced yesterday. Our health care system still needs reform. Wall Street still needs to be held accountable. We still need to create good jobs. And we still need to continue building a clean energy economy. The President isn’t walking away from these challenges. In fact, his determination and resolve are only stronger. We must match that commitment with our own. But it won’t be easy. Real change never is”.

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Health insurance reform

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 24 luglio 2009

Last night, President Obama addressed the nation in a primetime press conference about health insurance reform.  The President made crystal clear what’s at stake in this debate: the fiscal well-being of our nation and the health of our families and small businesses.  In case you missed it, take a look at what he had to say:  Truth be told — with each passing day, more and more Americans are unable to get the health care they need, when they need it. Skyrocketing co-pays and deductibles and soaring insurance premiums are crushing our family budgets and small businesses. Unless we act now, these problems are guaranteed to get worse and worse.  Under reform, American families will get the stability and security they deserve. They’ll no longer have to fear losing health care coverage if they lose or switch jobs, going bankrupt if they become seriously ill, or being denied coverage because of a pre-existing medical condition. Reform will ensure all Americans have access to quality, affordable insurance.  We all have a stake in this and for the 14,000 Americans who are losing their health insurance each day — reform can’t wait. (David Axelrod)

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Health care system

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 22 maggio 2009

The chance to finally reform our nation’s health care system is here. While Congress moves rapidly to produce a detailed plan, I have made it clear that real reform must uphold three core principles — it must reduce costs, guarantee choice, and ensure quality care for every American. As we know, challenging the status quo will not be easy. Its defenders will claim our goals are too big, that we should once again settle for half measures and empty talk. Left unanswered, these voices of doubt might yet again derail the comprehensive reform we so badly need. That’s where you come in. When our opponents spread fear and confusion about the changes we seek, your support for these core principles will show clarity and resolve. When the lobbyists for the status quo tell Congress to hold back, your personal story will give them the courage to press forward. American families are watching their premiums rise four times faster than their wages. Spiraling health care costs are shackling America’s businesses, curtailing job growth and slowing the economy at the worst possible time. This has got to change. I know personal stories can drive that change, because I know how my mother’s experience continues to drive me. She passed away from ovarian cancer a little over a decade ago. And in the last weeks of her life, when she was coming to grips with her own mortality and showing extraordinary courage just to get through each day, she was spending too much time worrying about whether her health insurance would cover her bills. She deserved better. Every American deserves better. And that’s why I will not rest until the dream of health care reform is finally achieved in the United States of America.  Last November, the American people sent Washington a clear mandate for change. But when the polls close, the true work of citizenship begins. That’s what Organizing for America is all about. Now, in these crucial moments, your voice once again has extraordinary power. (Barrack Obama)

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The economic downturn and reform of the immigration system

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 29 aprile 2009

Washington, DC. With the nation confronting urgent issues such as the economic downturn and reform of the immigration system, more than 200 individuals, including representatives from 33 organizations in 17 states, gathered for the 2009 South Asian Summit to amplify local voices and experiences at the national level. The Summit, co-sponsored by South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) and the South Asian Law Students Association (SALSA) of American University The Summit also provided an opportunity for community-based groups that are members of the National Coalition of South Asian Organizations (NCSO) to have deeper conversations about how to enhance multi-issue work that crosses regional lines, and to evaluate the progress made since the last Summit in 2007 which led to the creation of the NCSO.  The Summit opened with the first national South Asian Advocacy Day which included remarks from White House and congressional staffers who provided information about policy priorities and initiatives that will affect South Asian communities. Participants brought their local experiences and stories to congressional offices and advocated for legislation to advance civil and immigrant rights for all communities.  Participants also attended the SAALT ChangeMaker Awards Reception featuring author and sociologist, Sudhir Venkatesh, and the recipients of the ChangeMaker awards, including Muhammed Malik from Florida; Asm Rahman from Michigan; Sonia Sarkar from Baltimore; and Rishi Singh from New York City.    Over the weekend, Summit participants attended a variety of informative workshops and panels featuring experts in a wide range of fields.  Topics included educational and health equity, immigration reform and human rights, as well as skills-building sessions about how to be an effective spokesperson, how to develop community-based organizations and how to start community-driven media.    Community members and organizational representatives at the Summit identified ways to move forward, including taking back resources, materials and information to local communities; building grassroots support for national policy campaigns and priorities; highlighting important issues with local government agencies and policymakers; and staying connected with one another.

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White House Forum on Health

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 7 marzo 2009

Washington Dc White house Building on Thursday’s White House Forum on Health Care Reform, President Obama announced a series of Regional White House Forums on Health Reform that will bring the conversation about health care reform directly to communities across the country.  In keeping with the Obama administration’s commitment to a transparent, accountable government, the forums will be an opportunity for Americans from all over the country to voice their concerns and ideas about reforming our health care system.“Health care reform is a fiscal imperative,” President Obama said.  “Skyrocketing health care costs are draining our federal budget, undermining our long-term economic prosperity and devastating American families.  The time for reform is now and these regional forums are some of the key first steps toward breaking the stalemate we have been stuck in for far too long.  The forums will bring together diverse groups of people all over the country who have a stake in reforming our health care system and ask them to put forward their best ideas about how we bring down costs and expand coverage for American families.”The Regional White House Forums on Health Care Reform will be hosted by the states’ Governors and will include participants ranging from doctors to patients to providers to policy experts.  They will be open conversations with everyday Americans, local, state and federal elected officials – both Democrat and Republican — and senior Obama administration officials.  The events will begin with a video recorded by the President, a summary of the findings from the Health Care Community Discussions that took place in December, and an overview of the discussion that took place at the White House Forum on Health Reform.The meetings in California, Iowa, Michigan, North Carolina and Vermont will take place in March and early April.  Further logistical information about the forums is forthcoming.

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