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Sebelius and Holder address NAACP convention — Speeches focused on Zimmerman verdict, Affordable Care Act, voting rights




By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer



In light of the recent George Zimmerman not-guilty verdict, both U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius last week stressed the importance of civil rights during their scheduled appearances at the NAACP national convention in Orlando, Fla. The attorney general called for “a respectful, responsible dialogue about issues of justice and equality.”

“The death of Trayvon Martin was a tragedy for his family, but also for our country,” Sebelius pointed out. “So are the tragedies of all the children we have lost because of gun violence before and since Trayvon was killed.” She and Holder spoke separately to the NAACP July 16, three days after the Zimmerman trial ended on July 13. “Across America, diverse groups of citizens, from all races, backgrounds and walks of life are instead overwhelmingly making their voices heard” in disagreeing with the verdict, said Holder. “I hope that we will continue to approach this necessarily difficult dialogue with the same dignity that those who have lost the most — Trayvon’s parents — have demonstrated throughout the last year, and especially over the past few days.”

“The president hasn’t given up on pushing forward on commonsense gun violence prevention efforts,” reaffirmed the HHS secretary. Continue Reading →

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Healthcare reform covers millions of young people


Affordable Care Act allows parents to insure children through age 26



By Charles Hallman 

Staff Writer


Starting at age 18, young adults are more likely than older adults to lack health insurance coverage, and men are more likely than women to lack health insurance as well. “These are persons who graduate from high school or [are] attending college,” says U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. However, since the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that President Barack Obama signed into law in 2010, parents now are able to keep their children on their health policies until they turn age 26. “Young adults were twice more likely not to have health insurance than older adults before this law was passed [in 2010],” noted Sebelius. According to HealthCare.gov, a federal government website managed by the HHS, an estimated 16,000 young adults in Minnesota now have health coverage because of the new provision that came into effect in September 2010. Continue Reading →

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