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Two-tier health? No thanks, says NDP critic Wasylycia-Leis

According to the consumer advocacy group, Families USA, roughly two million Americans were cut off from health insurance last year because of job layoffs. They join the more than 40 million Americans without any health insurance and the many additional millions who are considered "under-insured." These staggering numbers are expected to swell even more as employers answer annual premium increases of sometimes more than 20 per cent by hiking employees' share of premium costs, reducing benefits or by carving families out of coverage. Many employers don't pay even a dime of health insurance.

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Two-tier health? No thanks, says NDP critic Wasylycia-Leis

According to the consumer advocacy group, Families USA, roughly two million Americans were cut off from health insurance last year because of job layoffs. They join the more than 40 million Americans without any health insurance and the many additional millions who are considered "under-insured." These staggering numbers are expected to swell even more as employers answer annual premium increases of sometimes more than 20 per cent by hiking employees' share of premium costs, reducing benefits or by carving families out of coverage. Many employers don't pay even a dime of health insurance.

  

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Friday, October 24, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Lockdown on the Hill, Oct. 22 Oct. 22, 2014

Anne Marie Creskey

NDP MPs on Wednesday morning at the corner of Metcalfe and Wellington streets outside the Langevin Block, where the prime minister has an office, across the street from Parliament Hill. They include Rosane Doré Lefebvre, far left, Hélène Laverdière, second from right, and Charlie Angus, far right. 

Anne Marie Creskey

NDP MP Charlie Angus and other MPs wait in front of the prime minister's office at Langevin Block, after leaving the Hill on Wednesday morning. 

Anne Marie Creskey

Ottawa Police Service officers on Parliament Hill at around 10:45 a.m.

Anne Marie Creskey

Ottawa Police cars on Wellington Street in front of the Hill on the morning of the attack.

Anne Marie Creskey

An armoured police vehicle on Metcalfe Street headed toward the Hill.

Anne Marie Creskey

More police arrive on Wellington Street.

Anne Marie Creskey

RCMP officers on Sparks Street between Elgin and Metcalfe streets on Wednesday morning. Surroundings buildings were locked down and later evacuated. 

Anne Marie Creskey

Reporters and camera crews are pushed back to the corner of Sparks and Metcalfe streets.

Anne Marie Creskey

The prime minister's office in the Langevin Block is evacuated.

Anne Marie Creskey

Police with a stretcher on Sparks Street.

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