The Rush to Abandon the Poor
From The New York Times
The state with the country’s worst health care record just happens to have a governor who has been the loudest voice against national efforts to improve it. A quarter of the residents of Texas, 6.3 million people, are uninsured, by far the highest percentage in the country. (That number includes more than a million children.) Texas ranks last in prenatal care and finished last on a new federal assessment of overall health quality that examined factors like disease prevention, deaths from illnesses, and cancer treatment. Yet Gov. Rick Perry — strangely puffed up as he was so often in his presidential bid — recently told the Obama administration that he would proudly refuse a huge infusion of Medicaid money that would significantly reduce those shameful statistics and cover 1.7 million more people. The same indifference to suffering that pushed Texas to the bottom is now threatening to keep it there.
Gap in policy forces woman to deport herself, reluctantly
From The Kansas City Star
To be clear, no one is threatening to deport 20-year-old Lauren Gray. No federal agents have rapped on the door of her family’s home, or at the Lakeview Motor Lodge and Restaurant they’ve owned for 17 years in Trenton. She’s received no phone calls or letters from the Department of Homeland Security telling her she needs to get out of the United States. Yet at 9:30 a.m. on July 31 — if the miracle Gray and her family have been working for does not come through — she will board an American Airlines flight that will take her to Dallas and then Houston and, on that same day, out of the U.S. and away from her mother, father and teenage sister, who are here on a visa, and her grandparents, both of whom are naturalized citizens.
U.S. economic fears shift from Europe toward ‘fiscal cliff’
From The Washington Post
The main threat to the economy is shifting from what others may do to us to what we are doing to ourselves. For much of the year, economists worried about the impact of the slowdown in Europe on the U.S. economy. Now, analysts say anxiety about the impact of the fast-approaching fiscal cliff — the series of federal spending cuts and tax hikes set to take effect at the beginning of 2013 if Congress and the Obama administration do not act — is displacing Europe as the primary threat to the nation’s sputtering economy. Morgan Stanley said this week that concerns about the fiscal cliff are reaching new heights across a wide range of industries. It is already seeing reductions in business orders and hiring, among other areas.
Paul Says Romney Should Release Tax Returns
Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) said that Mitt Romney should release more of his tax returns, adding to the pressure on the GOP nominee to share personal financial information, Politico reports. Said Paul: "Politically, I think that would help him. In the scheme of things politically, you know, it looks like releasing tax returns is what the people want." The Fix: "The truth -- in politics and in life -- is almost always less damaging than what the imagination can conjure. While the tax return debate is a no-win for Romney, he'd be better to lance this political boil once and for all. It's not going away and if he doesn't it's only likely to grow."