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But consumer, senior citizen groups and the Democrats -- whose own bill went down to defeat -- have attacked the measure as a sham that will exclude the nation's poorest citizens and create a multi-tiered system primarily benefitting the insurance industry.
Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Dan Schulder, legislative director with the National Council of Senior Citizens in Silver Spring, Md., who assesses the GOP's Medicare prescription drug legislation and some long term solutions to the growing crisis in the U.S. health care system.
Contact the National Council of Senior Citizens by calling (301) 578-8800 or visit their Web site at www.ncscinc.org
While the benefits of this research will no doubt contribute greatly to improving the quality of life for many, the potential for abuse is also part of the picture. Biotech corporations are already attempting to privatize for profit essential elements of the human genome. And the possibility exists that new forms of genetic discrimination may result from the knowledge of an individual's predisposition for disease, intellectual potential and physical attributes.
Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with James Love, director of the Washington, D.C.-based Consumer Project on Technology, who examines human genetic research and the prospect that this knowledge could be misused by those interested only in material gain.
Contact the Consumer Project on Technology by calling (202) 387-8030 or visit their Web site at www.cptech.org
The coalition of activist groups that took over the streets during meetings of the World Trade Organization in Seattle and World Bank in Washington D.C. plan legal protests and civil disobedience actions at the conventions in Philadelphia and Los Angeles. Another group is organizing "Shadow Conventions" to coincide with both party gatherings, which will focus on major issues they say are not seriously addressed by either the Democrats or Republicans. There the likes of Ralph Nader, Jesse Jackson, John McCain and Warren Beatty will spotlight the growing gap between rich and poor in the U.S., the failed Drug War and the desperate need for campaign finance reform.
Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Jim Wallis, author and convener of Call to Renewal, who discusses why he is helping to organize Shadow Conventions this summer.
Contact the groups organizing the Shadow Conventions by calling 1-(800) 714-7474 or visit their Web site at www.shadowconventions.com
Related link: "New Global Justice Social Movement Organizing for Summer Political Conventions and Beyond" June 30, 2000 Interview with Kevin Danaher, organizer of Global Exchange and author of "Globalize This! The Battle Against The World Trade Organization"
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