Q: Is it true that there are bills in Congress that would exempt members and their staffs and families from buying into “Obamacare”?
A: No. Congress members and staffers will be required to buy insurance through the exchanges on Jan. 1. But reportedly there is concern about whether federal contributions to premiums can continue without a change.
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Half of single-race Asians 25 and older in the U.S. had at least a bachelor’s degree in 2007, compared with 28 percent for all Americans in that age group. Source: Census Bureau
The Library of Congress is the world’s largest library, containing about 650 miles of bookshelves. Source: Library of Congress
The Asian population in the U.S. grew by 2.9 percent between 2006 and 2007, when it totaled 15.2 million residents. Source: Census Bureau
May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month. It began as a commemoration of the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants to the U.S. in May 1843 and the work done by Chinese workers on the transcontinental railroad. Source: Census Bureau
The Spanish Flu of 1918 is the most deadly in recent history. Twenty to 40 million people worldwide died from the disease. Source: National Institutes of Health
More than 36,000 people die from influenza each year in the U.S., and 200,000 others are hospitalized because of the illness. Source: National Institutes of Health
In countries with high rates of malaria, the disease accounts for up to 40 percent of public health expenditures and up to 60 percent of outpatient health clinic visits. Source: World Health Organization
Most of the world’s cases of malaria and deaths from the disease occur in sub-Saharan Africa. Source: World Health Organization
Honey is 80 percent sugars and 20 percent water. Source: Department of Agriculture
Honeybees are herbivores — but they can turn to cannibalism when stressed. Source: Department of Agriculture