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Wall Street Journal: A Union, a Small Biz Group and AARP Walk Into a Hospital

"Access to affordable health insurance is the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 issue for small business across the United States," NFIB president Todd Stottlemyer told the LAT.

Washington Post: A Check for Social Security

Forty organizations, including AARP, Easter Seals, Gray Panthers and various labor unions, wrote House appropriators this month to urge increased funding for Social Security. Their letter said that Social Security field offices get about 850,000 visitors per week and that visitors at many field offices have to wait more than two hours for service.

New York Times: Expecting Presidential Veto, Senate Passes Child Health Measure

Talks seeking a bipartisan compromise on health insurance for low-income children were cut short on Thursday, and the Senate then swiftly passed a bill to provide coverage for 10 million youngsters, fully expecting President Bush to veto it.

U.S. News & World Report: New Rules Push Workers Into 401(k)'s

New employees who don't enroll in their company's 401(k) plan next year may find themselves saving for retirement anyway.

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