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Raises sought for bilingual federal workers

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The "One America, Many Voices Act," also called the Bilingual Pay Bill and introduced by Rep. Michael Honda (D-Calif.), would provide a 5 percent raise for federal workers whose job requires more than one language but who are paid the same as colleagues who are not bilingual or multilingual. Related Topics:learn spanish,free spanish lessons,learn spanish games,learn conversational spanish,spanish translation,spanish vocabulary,spanish dictionary,rosetta stone,spanish words,learn to speak spanish,learn spanish free,learn spanish free onlin Learn Spanish

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Health Care Reform Begins at Your Direct Care Primary Home

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One of the health care reform bill reforms that won't start until 2014 is the implementation of "insurance exchanges." Instead of the public option--where the government provides both the pool of customers and provides the health care--with the insurance exchange, the government simply creates the pool of customers. We can go "shopping" in the exchanges for health insurance options.
The idea is that the exchange system will promote more price competition between insurance companies, and since the government regulates the exchange, it can exert downward cost pressure on them, too. Participants will have to demonstrate, for instance, that they're spending the majority of their money on providing health care services, rather than on overhead. But Seattle may lead the way in cost competition for another reason entirely. HR 3590, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, allows flat-fee direct primary care practices ("medical homes") into the exchanges.

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Health care reform bill 101: rules for preexisting conditions

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The health care reform bill outlaws denial of insurance to those with preexisting conditions. But this change won’t take full effect for years. In America, people with health problems but no health insurance long have struggled to find and afford coverage. To those with such preexisting conditions, America’s health system has seemed, at the least, capricious: Why has it been so hard to get insurance when you need it most?. nsurers have seen this same problem from another viewpoint. Selling coverage to someone with a preexisting condition might be a bit like selling auto insurance to a driver who wants help with an already-dented car. Insurance is meant to protect someone against future events, not pay for things that have already occurred. Well, the healthcare reform bill signed into law Tuesday by President Obama will end this situation by outlawing denial of insurance coverage to those with preexisting conditions. It is one of the most popular individual provisions in the entire 2,000-plus-page legislation. But this change won’t take full effect for years. The rollout starts with children.

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Sarah Palin: US Troops Must be Second to None

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Can’t wait to meet our troops – and all those who love the U.S. Armed Forces – today at Ft. Bragg. Read my book’s dedication page. The book is for these Patriots who fight for freedom. They deserve our support and our government’s unwavering commitment to equipping them for victory.

The book tour is beyond all expectations. This feels like the time when a team comes together, gearing up before a major competition to show unity and supply strength and encouragement to each team member equally, regardless of the team member’s role or title.

On this tour I hear the grave concerns Americans have for our children’s future. I also feel the hope so many of you want to cling to – hope for those on Capitol Hill to see the light, hope for politicians to be humble enough to acknowledge that growing the federal government isn’t the answer to our economic challenges, hope that it won’t take another terrorist strike to wake us up to continued threats by those who hate America and our allies.

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Sarah Palin vs. Barack Obama: The approval gap silently shrinks to a few points

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Not that it matters politically because obviously she's a female Republican dunce and he's a male Democrat genius.

But Sarah Palin's poll numbers are strengthening.

And President Obama's are sliding.

Guess what? They're about to meet in the 40s.

Depending, of course, on which recent set of numbers you peruse and how the questions are phrased, 307 days into his allotted 1,461, the 44th president's approval rating among Americans has slid to 49% or 48%, showing no popularity bounce from his many happy trips, foreign and domestic.

Riding the wave of immense publicity and symbiotic media interest over her new book, "Going Rogue," and the accompanying promotional tour, Palin's favorable ratings are now at 43%, according to ABC. That's up from 40% in July.

One poll even gives her a 47% favorable.

Most recent media attention has focused on the 60% who say she's unqualified to become president. Her unfavorable rating is 52%, down from 53%, which still doesn't ignite a lot of optimism for Palin lovers.

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