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          Representative Barbara Lee addresses concerns over new health care bill

          Bryden Spevak

          Issue date: 3/26/10 Section: News
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          Representative Barbara Lee, from California's 9th District and speaker of the Congressional Black Caucus, spoke at the Louis Stokes Leadership Symposium on Social Issues and the Community on March 21.
          Representative Barbara Lee, from California's 9th District and speaker of the Congressional Black Caucus, spoke at the Louis Stokes Leadership Symposium on Social Issues and the Community on March 21.
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          In the midst of all the thrill, relief, and frustration over the new health care bill signed by President Barack Obama on March 21, Rep. Barbara Lee still found time to speak to Case Western Reserve University and the local community about just how she got where she is. Lee, U.S. Representative from California's 9th District, and current chair of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), was scheduled to give the keynote address at the Louis Stokes Leadership Symposium on Social Issues and the Community.

          Entitled "Opportunities For All, Pathways Out of Poverty: My Journey from Public Assistance to Public Service," the speech was intended to be a telling of how Lee, a veteran of all kinds of injustice and hard times, ended up being such a successful leader. However, a good portion of the talk was devoted to an explanation of what was going on in our nation's capital regarding the passage of the health care bill.

          The Louis Stokes Leadership Symposium was held at noon on Monday, March 23, in Ford Auditorium. Packed with busloads of local middle and high school students as well as members of the CWRU community and the city at large, the enthusiasm in the venue was palpable.

          President Barbara Snyder gave a welcome address to the audience, followed by introductions by U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge, representing the 11th District of Ohio, and retired U.S. Congressman Louis Stokes.

          Because of the excitement of the passing of the new health care bill and all the work that goes into its implementation, neither Fudge nor Lee was able to physically attend the symposium, as they were both in Washington, D.C. at the time. However, both were brought to the audience via videoconference technology.

          While being spoken to through videoconference seemed similar to watching the speakers on television, the interaction with the audience made it seem as though they were actually there. Opening up the symposium, Fudge extensively explained the new health care bill. "I decided to speak for the more than 86,000 uninsured people in the 11th District," she said, in regards to her decision to vote for the bill's passage. "I think I've done more reading on this issue than for any course I ever took in law school."
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