Affordable Care Act

Schock Votes to Delay Affordable Care Act

Jul 22, 2013
Congressman Schock's Office

The US House of Representatives has voted to delay a key provision of the President’s signature health reform law.

Rich Egger

Activists believe there continue to be healthcare disparities that impact racial and ethnic minorities.

But Byron Oden-Shabazz, intern for the Western Illinois University Center for the Studies of Masculinities and Men’s Development, said studies have shown two-thirds of Americans are unaware of the disparities.

“If we are going to have a healthy healthcare system, we (must) learn how to treat all people,” said Oden-Shabazz.

On this Valentine’s Day – still celebrated in some churches as a Feast day – it might be instructive, or reflective, to tie romantic love to brotherly love. In public affairs, that’s difficult.

Illinois lawmakers began November with an election that solidified Democratic majorities and they will finish the month by returning to the Capitol. 

Their annual fall meetings are called veto sessions because lawmakers are supposed to consider legislation the governor rejected or changed.  Those could include statewide regulation of plastic bags and a plan to let cancer treatment centers reject job applicants who smoke.

In The Tri States

Jun 30, 2012

A look back at the top stories and features from the Tri States Public Radio news department from June 2012.  

Time ran out on plans to build Shamrock Acres, a large scale hog farm proposed for southeast McDonough  County. Tri States Public Radio reported the story on June 13, one week before anyone else.

Also during the month, the US Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act, the chairperson of the Lee County Board was defeated in the June 5 primary, and the Transit of Venus happened for the final time until 2117.

Schock Finds Good News in Court Decision

Jun 28, 2012

Congressman Aaron Schock (R-18, Ill.) says he can find only one bright spot in the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to uphold the bulk of the Affordable Care Act.

The court struck down a provision that Schock says would have reversed the state legislature's efforts to reduce the services and number of people on Medicaid.

The provision would have required states to increase the number of people on Medicaid or face funding cuts.

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