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Long running disregard for the care of mentally ill exacerbates chronic homelessness, creates public safety dilemma.
By Bob Dorn
Today (ed., January 22) the park rangers moved out the couple living across the street in our dilapidated corner of Balboa Park.
I wasn’t sorry to see them go. I wasn’t happy to see them go. Homelessness long ago became another national shrug. No one’s to blame any more, neither the Republicans nor the Democrats, maybe not even the very wealthy, unless they were lucky enough to own banks like Wells Fargo and Bank of America which made The American Dream a thing of the past for many, like the two across the street.
This is an unlikely pair. He sports a trim grey beard, a black porkpie and an overcoat, looking like a former rock and roller or rogue spy gone to seed. He might be 50, he might be70. I doubt he lives there with her because I frequently see him riding his bike down in the mornings, and leaving on the bike before nightfall.
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Logan Heights branch of Family Health Centers of San Diego adds twist to Congressman’s ACA outreach efforts.
By Andy Cohen
Congressman Scott Peters may have his issues with the Affordable Care Act—and let’s be honest, who doesn’t?—but you’d be hard pressed to find another elected member of Congress who has done more, conducted more outreach efforts to inform his or her constituents about what the law really is, how it works, and how they can best take advantage of what it has to offer. It’s an imperfect solution to an even more imperfect healthcare system, but it’s a start, and a reasonably good one particularly given the current political environment and adamant GOP opposition to a law they have exactly zero chance at undoing.
The ACA, or “Obamacare” as it’s come to be known, is a work in progress, says Peters. It can be a success, and it will be, but we have to work to make it better.
His Republican colleagues, says Peters, would seem to prefer a return to the old way of doing things with regard to health care in America, and that’s simply not an option. The old way wasn’t working…..for anyone. And yet they have done everything in their power to undermine and sabotage the first significant expansion of healthcare in America since Teddy Roosevelt first tried over a century ago. “They’ve talked a lot about alternatives, but they haven’t offered a single one,” said Peters. Thankfully, he says, now that the law has been fully implemented, the days of constant repeal votes in the House of Representatives appear to be at an end. At least that‘s the hope.