Independents Favor Cooperation, Dissatisfied With Political System
Independents make up about a third of all voters. They constitute about half of those who are uncommitted in their choice for president. And they are one of the most mischaracterized groups in the electorate. Independent voters are not a monolithic bloc. Nor are many of them truly independent in their voting patterns, according to a new study by The Washington Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation. Nearly two-thirds of Americans who describe themselves as independents act very much like partisan Republicans or partisan Democrats.
The Disabled May Be Hurt Most By Ryan’s Medicare Plan
From the LA Times
From the LA Times
Many seniors are rightly concerned that Ryan, the conservative congressman tapped byMitt Romney as his vice presidential running mate, has proposed a plan that could result in higher out-of-pocket expenses for Medicare coverage. But disabled people could be in for an even bigger shock.
"People with disabilities are among the most vulnerable of the Medicare population," said Tricia Neuman, senior vice president of the nonprofit, nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation. "They have chronic conditions that require ongoing care, and, in many cases, they have relatively low incomes."
In other words, Ryan's plan could entail higher healthcare costs for people in the worst position to deal with them.
Alabama Cannot Check Student Immigration Status, Court Rules
College students in Georgia will no longer be asked for their citizenship status. A federal appeals court ruled Monday that Alabama schools cannot check on the citizenship status of new students. The provision was part of the state's tough new immigration law. The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the provision wrongly singles out children who are in the country illegally. Alabama was the only state that passed such a requirement. The 11th Circuit says a lower court should have blocked that part of the law.
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