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What Health Insurance Means for Rural America Last Updated on 2009-11-28 10:10:18 Posted by Secretary Tom Vilsack on November 28, 2009 at 12:49 PM EST I have seen the consequences of a health care system in need of reform – too few insured, too costly for others and too little quality for all. Unsustainable growth in the cost of health care and the continued denial of coverage to millions of Americans is evidence that our health care system has failed. These failings are amplified in rural America, where folks pay more for health care than their urban counterparts, but are still more likely to experience chronic illness and poor health.  I applaud the National Farmers Union for their  recent endorsement of the U.S. Senate's health care reform bill and their prior support of the House’s bill.  Their support of the legislation and thier courage in this critical debate says a great deal about the need for reform and the consequences for rural America... More »
Matheson visits Vernal residents Last Updated on 2009-04-09 10:16:37 He came into town with boots, a blue shirt and no tie, and was given a warm welcome by the citizens of Uintah, Duchesne and Daggett coutny citizens. Monday was a blur of meetings filled with questions for Congressman Jim Matheson as he spent the first week of the Congress spring break in Utah, meeting with his constituents. First stop-- Vernal. It was not hard for Matheson’s staff to fill a day long schedule that began with meeting Rotary Club members in the morning, chamber business members for lunch, and community leaders from the three county area in the afternoon. Matheson told Rotary members that service organizations in the United States play a big part of the county’s success. “We need to nurture our next generation to participate in service groups,” said Matheson. “Government can’t, nor should it, do everything for everyone.” Questions throughout the day were... More »
Matheson seeks to halt automatic pay hikes Last Updated on 2009-03-19 10:12:39 Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah, introduced a bill Wednesday that would eliminate automatic annual pay raises for members of Congress. That comes a day after the Senate quietly passed an identical bill. Matheson for years has pushed Congress to vote on pay raises, and personally donated his annual raises to charity. He had little success in halting raises until this year, when congressional leaders amended an omnibus appropriations bill to dump any automatic pay raise in 2010 amid the current recession. Read full story... More »
Recovery.gov Last Updated on 2009-03-04 11:58:38 Education: Explain the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act; Transparency: Show how, when, and where the money is spent; Accountability: Provide data that will allow citizens to evaluate the Act’s progress and provide feedback. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is an unprecedented effort to jumpstart our economy, create or save millions of jobs, and put a down payment on addressing long-neglected challenges so our country can thrive in the 21st century. The Recovery and Reinvestment Act is an extraordinary response to a crisis unlike any since the Great Depression.  With much at stake, the Act provides for unprecedented levels of transparency and accountability so that you will be able to know how, when, and where your tax dollars are being spent. Spearheaded by a new Recovery Board, this Act contains built-in measures to root out waste, inefficiency, and... More »