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Bingaman talks health insurance reform

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today talked with New Mexico radio reports about health insurance reform legislation being debated in Congress. Bingaman’s remarks can be retrieved by going to his website or clicking on the following link:

Odds of passing health care bill getting slimmer

Freedom New Mexico There is a certain surreal air to the discussion surrounding a new White House health care reform proposal and the upcoming “summit” on health care between President Obama and congressional Republicans scheduled Thursday. Proponents of government-oriented health insurance reform confidently predict that if the president can simply expose the Republicans as obstructionists […]

Alliance only way reform will succeed

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama has invited congressional Republicans to participate in a bipartisan televised summit on health care. It’s about a year late. Will such a meeting reflect a realistic understanding of what has turned so many of the American people against the different versions of health insurance reform that have passed the […]

Senator discusses the president’s budget proposal and the future of campaign finance reform

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, today talked with radio reporters from around the state about key components of President Obama’s budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2011 including the outlook for the National Nuclear Security Administration which oversees New Mexico’s labs, the Department of Veterans Affairs, USDA and the Indian Health Services. He also […]

Veterans cautious of health reform

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist As House and Senate Democrats negotiate a final compromise national health care reform bill, military people across the nation — and their advocates in Washington D.C. — remain vigilant for side effects. The Obama administration and Democratic congressional leaders have tried to reassure military members, retirees and veterans that national […]

Udall: Senate passes historic health reform legislation

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, today voted in favor of historic health care reform legislation that will provide quality, affordable health coverage to 96 percent of New Mexicans while reducing health care costs for individuals, businesses and government. The Senate approved the bill 60-39. The legislation, called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care […]

Immigration reform needs streamlining

Freedom Communications Congress’ latest effort to reform our nation’s immigration laws has begun. Unfortunately, the Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America’s Security and Prosperity Act of 2009 offers little in the way of real reform. The proposal, given the unwieldy name to create the ASAP acronym, is touted and condemned as a new means to enable […]

Bingaman talks about health care reform legislation being debated in senate

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today talked about the health care reform bill being debated in the Senate. Bingaman’s remarks can be retrieved by going to his website or clicking on the following link: http://bingaman.senate.gov/mediaasset/bingaman120809m.mp3 00:00 – Bingaman talks about the health care reform legislation currently being debated on the Senate floor. 01:04 – […]

Tuesdays with Tom: Udall discusses freshman amendment package to health reform and updates REAL ID

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, today talked with radio reporters from around the state about topics including a package of amendments he introduced with 10 other freshman senators that would broaden and accelerate efforts to encourage innovation and lower costs for consumers across the U.S. health care system. He also gave an update […]

Letters to the editor: Health reform hard to comprehend

Health reform hard to comprehend The Congressional Budget Office has issued its report on the “Estimated Impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act on Employment and Economic Output as of September 2009.” This document contains 11 pages and analyzes the impact of the economic stimulus. Page two contains the following nugget of information: • […]

Health reform won’t affect TRICARE

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist The national health reform bill, passed by the House in October, and the Senate version, to be debated early this month, pose no threat to current health care benefits provided to military families, retirees or veterans, say advocates for these beneficiaries as well as congressional committee staffs. The House-passed Affordable […]

Tuesdays with Tom: Udall discusses health reform legislation, Afghanistan, and efforts to address impact of REAL ID on New Mexicans

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, today talked with radio reporters from around the state about topics including the Senate debate of health insurance reform, President Obama’s speech tonight on Afghanistan, and the potential impact of the REAL ID Act on New Mexicans. To listen to the audio, click here. Below is a time […]

Bingaman highlights benefits of health insurance reform bill for New Mexicans

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today pointed to the many provisions in the health insurance reform legislation that would benefit New Mexicans. In a speech on the Senate floor, Bingaman said the measure that merged the work of two Senate committees would help make health care more affordable for families and small businesses, and […]

Press release: Bingaman talks health care reform

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today talked with New Mexico radio reporters about health care reform legislation that cleared the House of Representatives this weekend.

Credit reform penalizing responsible

Freedom New Mexico We noted in August the unintended consequences in the wake of Washington’s reform legislation to protect consumers from credit card interest rate hikes and penalties. Congress had restricted changes in credit card terms, citing complaints about high rates and penalty fees. Even before the first wave of new regulations went into effect, […]

Bingaman talks health care reform with New Mexico radio reporters

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today talked with New Mexico radio reporters about health care reform legislation being debated in Congress. Bingaman’s remarks can be retrieved by going to his website or clicking on the following link: http://bingaman.senate.gov/mediaasset/bingaman102609m.mp3 00:00 – Bingaman talks about a bill he introduced and was passed in Congress that recognize […]

Press release: Bingaman talks health care reform with N.M. reporters

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today talked with New Mexico radio reporters about health care reform legislation being debated in Congress.

Local experts offer opinions on health care reform

By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Local health care experts offered their take on health care reform Thursday and no one offered any easy or simple answers. Roosevelt General Hospital Administrator James D’Agostino, La Casa Health Center CEO Seferino Montano, ENMU Economics professor Michael Snipes and Chris Simons, an insurance executive from Artesia, offered their […]

Letter to the editor: Health reform will bring socialism

Health reform will bring socialism Americans are beginning to realize we are being led down the road to ruin by a relentless desire to add significantly more socialism to our society. Social programs, in the short run, benefit those who genuinely need a helping hand. In the long run, war veterans, the elderly and disabled […]