If I were trying to persuade the Supreme Court later this month that Obamacare should not be declared unconstitutional, I would tell the story of the woman who was the original named plaintiff in the lawsuit filed by the National Federation of Independent Business, one of the fiercest critics of the health care reform law.
As a parent, I have a responsibility to do all that I can to protect my children. When I sponsored the state’s first anti-bullying law in 2002, I did so for the same reason. It is the most basic duty that I share with parents across the state of New Jersey.
Corporations pay a lower effective tax rate than Warren Buffett and Mitt Romney, but you wouldn’t know it from all the complaints that our corporate tax rate puts our country at a competitive disadvantage. Last year, U.S. corporations paid just 12.1 percent of their earnings in federal corporate income taxes. Buffett’s tax rate is 17.4 percent; Romney’s reported 2010 tax rate was 13.9 percent.
Three months ago, at the United Nations international climate negotiations in Durban, South Africa, I rose up at the back of the room. Fingers trembling, I interrupted Todd Stern, the U.S. negotiator, and read words scrawled on a piece of notebook paper.
By Pam Solo America is facing a crisis of leadership. We need and deserve a vision and strategy to meet the energy and economic challenges facing the United States. The latest budget proposal for 2013 illustrates this over and over…
As we near the second anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), it is a good time to stop and look at how the ACA has affected health care in the U.S. and New Jersey so far.
Some politicians are still calling contraception a social evil. This is an astonishing claim in the 21stCentury when all the evidence is that contraception is key to a more successful economy and a better quality of life – not only for individual women and their families, but for us all.
Step inside the spacious new Robert Wood Johnson Rahway Fitness and Wellness Center at Carteret; you will be certain you’ve entered a luxury spa resort. This isn’t the typical municipal recreation or community center. In fact, there’s nothing typical or institutional about it.
One of the key ingredients in a democracy is the right to freely speak our minds to those who represent us. In fact, it is one of the few effective tools we have left to combat government corruption and demand accountability. But now, even that right is being chipped away by statutes and court rulings which weaken our ability to speak freely.
The new health reform law is expected to create 32 million more insured Americans, according to the Congressional Budget Office. The federal government plans to expand Medicaid to low-income adults and subsidize purchases on the health-insurance exchanges when it requires most Americans to carry insurance in 2014.