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     Issue No. 2(34)                                                                                             OCTOBER  2, 2013
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The U.S. government partially shut down for House Republicans continuing to demand that the nation's new health-care law be delayed or repealed. The fact that the shutdown is not about budget deficits but universal health insurance resonates the same happening when the Clinton administration attempted to overhaul the country's healthcare system in the early 1990s.  According to the WHO's World Health Report 2000, the U.S. healthcare system came in 15th in performance and first in expenditure.  The result meant that its overall ranking was 37th!  Nearly 48 million Americans are uninsured and 45,000 Americans die each year because they do not get to a doctor when they should. As you may know, the inefficiency of the U.S. healthcare system is well featured in Michael Moore's 2007 documentary film Sicko where he compares the for-profit, non-universal U.S. system with the non-profit universal health care systems of Canada, UK, France, and Cuba: all socialist countries. Nevertheless, associating the word 'universal' to socialism, many Americans prefer 'Affordable Care Act' to Obamacare, which are exactly the same thing. The cost of health insurance has been skyrocketing every year. 18 percent of Asians were uninsured in 2010, compared to 11.7 percent non-Hispanic whites. Many Korean-Americans have exams done in Korea where quality and affordability exceed standards at home. But preventive care is not the whole reason why we should carry insurance. What about emergency and/or long-term care? Hopefully Obama's Affordable Care Act will be Medicare for all Americans.
President Obama declared defiantly Tuesday that his signature health-care law is "here to stay" and urged Republicans to abandon what he called a right-wing "ideological crusade" to derail it. (WP)
Since being passed in 2010, the Affordable Care Act has been a political lightning rod and has been subject to attempts by Republicans to delay and defund it. The law is at the center of the current fight in Congress that could lead to a government shutdown, which would be the first in almost 20 years. (ABC)
Christopher Cruz, 28, allegedly caused an accident with Alexian Lien when he cut off the SUV driver on the Henry Hudson Parkway on Sunday. Lien, 33 - who was driving his wife, Rosalyn Ng, and their 2-year-old daughter - stopped, but fled when a group of bikers began to damage his Range Rover at the scene. (NY Daily)
Billboard named Lee Hi, the runner-up of SBS-TV's K-Pop Star Season One in Korea, as the 20th hottest under 21 minor in the music world in 2013. (KoreatimesUS)
Four kids in Atlanta are living the dream: their dad is a part-time superhero. Blake Wilson, a father of four, is quickly becoming a social media sensation known as "BatDad." (Times)
Migration isn't just from poor countries to rich countries anymore. There also is significant migration from rich country to rich country - and even from poor country to poor. (NPR)
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