Daily Rounds: Mass. The New Wisconsin? Money For Immigrants; No Toucan Sam; ER Problems

Is Massachusetts the next Wisconsin? - The Fix - The Washington Post (The Washington Post) (Faith Ninivaggi/Washington Post) "Earlier this week, the Democratic-controlled House in Massachusetts passed a bill limiting collective bargaining rights on health care for municipal employees. Unions are outraged; conservatives are cheering..."

House restores money for immigrant care - ( "The House voted to add $25 million for the bridge program late Wednesday night as it wrapped up a third day of debate on the state budget for the fiscal year starting July 1. The House Ways and Means Committee had previously voted to eliminate funding for the program - about $50 million." U.S. Seeks New Limits On Food Ads For Children (The New York Times) "Citing an epidemic of childhood obesity, regulators are taking aim at a range of tactics used to market foods high in sugar, fat or salt to children, including the use of cartoon characters like Toucan Sam, the brightly colored Froot Loops pitchman, who appears in television commercials and online games as well as on cereal boxes.Regulators are asking food makers and restaurant companies to make a choice: make your products healthier or stop advertising them to youngsters." Emergency Room Doctors Say Health Law Will Make ER Crowding Worse : Shots - Health Blog : NPR ("The real problem, according to a new survey from the American College of Emergency Physicians, isn't caused by people who don't have insurance — it's caused by people who do, but still can't find a doctor to treat them. A full 97 percent of ER doctors who responded to the ACEP survey said they treated patients "daily" who have Medicaid (the federal-state health plan for the low-income), but who can't find a doctors who will accept their insurance."

This program aired on April 29, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.


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