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Community health centers offer care, even with no insurance coverage

Imagine you just lost your job. For too many these days, this is not an imaginary scenario. You're sitting at the kitchen table with a notepad, thinking about evaluating your savings, keeping up with the rent, canceling the cable television, gathering the grocery coupons out of the mail that you used to throw away. Suddenly, from the next room, you hear your daughter sneeze. That's when you remember - losing your job means your family will lose health insurance, too.

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McCain touts own health care reform (access required)

As President Obama wavers on the public option sought by the left, Sen. John McCain lashed out against the "government plan" and single-payer proposals, while touting a few health care reform ideas of his own.

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Cities, states wrangle over cuts to local aid

In Minnesota, Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty's cuts in state funding to local government forced cities and counties to consider their own round of layoffs, furloughs and benefit freezes. State reductions were so troubling in Massachusetts that three cities are now deciding whether to cancel their primary elections to conserve cash.

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State spending tracks higher than last year (access required)

So far, Arizona has spent more money this fiscal year than it did during the same period last year. Between July 1 and Aug. 17, the state spent $164 million more than it did during the same period in 2008, according to figures provided by the state Treasure’s Office.

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Health care debate brings thousands to downtown Phoenix (access required)

Tom Jenney stood near the Phoenix Convention Center on Aug. 17 with a small square patch of Astroturf hanging around his neck. He wore the unusual accessory in an effort to lampoon U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has derided high-profile protests of federal health care reform as orchestrated events void of grassroots authenticity.

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