Following the House's passage on Saturday by a vote of 220-215, the Senate cleared the Medicare Prescription Drug and Modernization Act to be sent to the White House today by a vote of 54-44. According to the Older Women's League (OWL), the Medicare Prescription Drug bill (H.R. 1) will cause millions to lose their employer-sponsored health insurance and many will face increases in premiums as they are forced into private demonstration projects and private insurance companies reap billions of dollars in tax cuts in subsidies.
A filibuster in the Senate this weekend, led by Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA), failed by a cloture vote of 70-29 yesterday. Immediately following the cloture vote, Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD) made a point of order against the bill claiming it violated various provisions in the Fiscal 2004 Budget Resolution (H. Con. Res. 95), the Congressional Quarterly reports. Sen. Daschle's point of order failed by a vote of 61-39.
As women account for more than 70% of the elderly poor and comprise the majority of those who are on both Medicare and Medicaid, women will suffer the greatest impact of these proposed changes. The National Council of Women's Organizations (NCWO) has joined with OWL and other individual women's organizations, including the Feminist Majority and the National Women's Law Center, and consumer and labor organizations in opposition to this legislation. According to the National Women's Law Center, "this proposal is harmful to the poorest and sickest women who's out of pocket expenses would increase above what Medicaid currently allows and co-payments would dramatically increase further in future years."
12/9/2013 Mixed Results for Afghanistan's Anti-Violence Against Women Law - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released their annual report on violence against women in Afghanistan yesterday, revealing mixed results of the country's Elimination of Violence against Women Law.
"A Way to Go: An Update on Implementation of the Law on the Elimination of Violence against Women in Afghanistan [PDF]," found that there was a 28 percent increase in reports of violence against women from 2012 to 2013 , but only 17 percent of those were prosecuted under EVAW - a small 2 percent increase from last year.
The law, which was issued by the executive decree of President Hamid Karzai in 2009, criminalizes 22 acts of violence against women and specifies punishment for perpetrators. . . .