Talk:US Congresswoman Jackie Speier comments about Obamacare, Paralympics

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Journalist notes[edit]

I e-mailed a number of US Congresspeople via their media spokesperson. Jackie Speier's office was the only one to provide any answers. Period. I would like to use the response. Not entirely satisfied with the lead or title but I tried, as only 2 of my eight questions were answered. The e-mails were sent around October 28. This response came in today after a number of e-mails. I e-mailed it to scoop and tommorris. I also e-mailed proof that I e-mailed the aforementioned congresspeople at the bottom of the article. The dates for the start of the Games are found on the Wikipedia article, but the time comes from the Omega site. I could have used a calculator. I did not link to the date because I did not want to advertise for Omega as a source. --LauraHale (talk) 21:56, 8 November 2013 (UTC)

As not stated here, I e-mailed U.S. Congresspeople seeking comment including John K. Delaney, Mike Honda, Kyrsten Sinema, Eric Swalwell, Raúl M. Grijalva and Ann Kirkpatrick but received no response. I e-mailed probably another 10 or so. They were all asked basically the same questions. Some had out of office responses or just did not respond. Some said later and did not. This was the only response I received. --LauraHale (talk) 22:12, 8 November 2013 (UTC)

Raw text minus e-mail addresses[edit]

Subject: from Congresswoman Speier Date: Fri, November 8, 2013 1:12 pm Priority: Normal Options: View Full Header | View Printable Version | Download this as a file

Here are some comments from Congresswoman Jackie Speier, who represents the 14th District in San Francisco and San Mateo counties for your wikinews article.

2. Will "ObamaCare" have a positive or negative impact on the lives of people with disabilities? Answer: "By and large the Affordable Care Act will have a significant and lasting beneficial impact on persons with disabilities," said Congresswoman Jackie Speier, D-San Francisco/San Mateo/Redwood City. "Most importantly, pre-existing conditions will no longer prevent persons with disabilities from obtaining health insurance. Lifetime limits on medical expenses will be removed and preventive services will be free. All of these provisions of the law create health insurance that is highly supportive of good health outcomes for everyone, but in particular for those who have a disability."

9. Are there any Paralympic athletes or elite athletes with disabilities from your district that people should know more about? Answer: "There are currently two Paralympic athletes who train or live in my district that people will definitely hear more about in the coming years," said Congresswoman Jackie Speier, D-San Francisco/San Mateo/Redwood City. "One is a young woman named Allie Hyatt who trains in Judo with Willy Cahill, who I have also trained with. Allie, who is visually impaired and just 15, has already won numerous awards and will participate in the Youth Olympic Games next year. She is sure to be a force in the Judo world for many, many years." Hyatt lives in San Francisco and Cahill is the founder and CEO of the Blind Judo Foundation. "Another great athlete is Mohamend Lahna who is training for the Rio Olympics in 2016 for the paratriathlon," Speier continued. "He is from Morocco originally but lives now in San Mateo and trains daily at the College of San Mateo. He runs marathons with a prosthetic leg and has his sights set on winning several medals at world and Olympic events in the future." Lahna has proximal femoral focal deficiency (PFFD), a birth defect that affects the hip and pelvis. He is married and has a 1-year-old child.

Bill Silverfarb Press Secretary Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA-14) 211 Cannon HOB Washington, D.C. 20515 www.speier.house.gov<http://www.speier.house.gov> SPEIER.HOUSE.GOV Congressional Watchdog Caucus speier.house.gov/watchdogcaucus

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Confusion[edit]

Is this both an interview and article in one - then the information should be before the Q&A section, surely? --Computron (talk) 15:24, 9 November 2013 (UTC)

.....and it is. That very last bit about seeking comment is the only tag-on from Laura.....the bit just above it is still her quote....it's just kind of a victim of formatting problems.--Bddpaux (talk) 01:01, 10 November 2013 (UTC)