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Weekly Round Up

Catch Up on the Week at CAP: February 16 - 20, 2009

Find out what happened this week at CAP: readying for health reform, help for homeowners, and gearing up for the Oscars.

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HEALTH CARE

A Health System that Works

Health care is staying front and center even as the Obama administration and Congress turn their attention from the economic recovery package to the federal budget. Lester Feder and Ellen-Marie Whelan released an issue brief this week on Medicare and Medicaid entitlement reform, Judy Feder and Marilyn Moon wrote a column on why there’s no Medicare-only fix for health costs, and the Action Fund’s Wonk Room produced a report and charts on the economic imperative for health system reform.

girl with mother getting food stampsECONOMIC RECOVERY

Goldilocks and the Recovery Act

The $787 billion recovery package is neither too big nor too small, too fast or too slow, wrote Will Straw and Michael Ettlinger this week responding to attacks on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Alexandra Cawthorne also provided analysis on poverty measures in the bill, and Amanda Logan showed how minorities have been unduly burdened by the labor market downturn.

The Garden video

MOVIES

Getting Ready for the Oscars

Reel Progress, CAP’s progressive film series, released its pre-Academy Awards newsetter this week, which included a video interview with the producers of the Oscar-nominated documentary "The Garden," reviews of the films "Waltz with Bashir" and "Milk," and more.

GeithnerHOUSING

At Last, Help for Homeowners

The Obama administration unveiled a comprehensive array of measures targeted at stopping foreclosures this week. Andrew Jakabovics and David Abromowitz provided analysis of the measures in a column and on a press call.

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