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  • I didn't say there was no rational way to accomplish cost control - I said that cost control is difficult to achieve on a national basis. It has to addressed on the local level.Certainly we address [...]read » T/S RICK UNGAR
 
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Another penny-wise, pound-foolish health care cut

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Don't these people ever learn? There's a heartbreaking piece in today's New York Times that chronicles how at least half of these United States, grappling with underfunded budgets, are cutting back on home-care services for the elderly and disabled. First -- and second, and third -- of all, that's unconscionably cruel. [...]
 
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  • Sorry, but I see a huge difference. I differentiate between carrot and stick, for one -- using a carrot to encourage fecundity or home ownership isn't the same as beating up on childless renters. [...]read » T/S CLAUDIA DEUTSCH
 
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Can semantics save the Obamacare mandate?

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If this weren't such a deadly serious issue -- and one fraught with such danger down the road -- I'd be getting a huge giggle out of the way mandatory health care is twisting on the spit of hairsplitting definitions. Apparently, our Constitution, as interpreted by opponents to health care [...]
 
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  • With all due respect, it is difficult to see this response as an adequate defense. I'm afraid that I cannot agree that the AMA has achieved much in the way of victories for physicians or patients [...]read » T/S RICK UNGAR
 
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GOP courts lobbyists as Obama, Democrats sink

Well, I guess you have to give Republicans credit for naked honesty on this one:
Republicans are seizing on White House press secretary Robert Gibbs’s admission Sunday that Democrats could lose their House majority to send an unambiguous message to Washington’s lobbyist community: The train is leaving the station, [...]
 
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The death of the American Medical Association

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Once one of the most powerful lobbies in all the nation, the American Medical Association (AMA) no longer appears capable of putting much bite into its bark. To illustrate the point, one need only examine the organization’s complete and utter ineptitude at handling the most important issue facing American physicians [...]
 
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  • yeah, but still...most insurance plans have a huge number of doctors and hospitals to choose from. I recently switched (like I had a choice -- let me rephrase that, my union recently switched me) [...]read » T/S CLAUDIA DEUTSCH
 
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Hospitals emulate industry -- with stellar results

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There's so much rotten news about corporations these days -- lax safety practices at BP leading to environmental disaster, out-of-control risk and compensation packages on Wall Street bringing down the economy, the once-hallowed Toyota guilty of shoddy workmanship -- that we sometimes tend to forget that industry does some things [...]
 
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Are health insurance companies finally getting smart?

A sign of things to come? I was busy at work when I received a phone call from my health insurance company, Aetna Blue Cross of California. The insurer, best known for attempting to raise premium rates into the stratosphere and a history of seeking to deny coverage to those often [...]
 
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Obama's unremarkable recess appointment

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Yesterday the blogosphere, particularly its conservative wing, was aflutter about the fact that the President has chosen to recess appoint Donald Berwick as the Director of the Center for Medicaid and Medicare. Indeed, conservative pols were up in arms about the President's latest act of treason. As reported by  Senatus, Senator [...]
 
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High-risk health insurance pools begin today

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One of the first major creations of the new healthcare legislation begins today as state and federally run high-risk insurance pools begin taking applications from American citizens and legal residents unable to get coverage due to pre-existing health conditions. Twenty-nine states have informed the federal government that they will operate their [...]
 
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North General Hospital: Finally, the government steps in

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Back when both the public option and New York's St. Vincent's Hospital were both still battling for their lives (R.I.P. to both, more's the pity), I raised what I thought was a good question: wouldn't government-run hospitals be a better idea than government-run insurance?
Why shouldn’t the government operate [...]
 
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  • Sirnate-The taxing authority of Congress is separate from the Commerce Clause powers. Note that I agree with your concerns regarding the mandate. I too remain uncertain that it is legal and will, [...]read » T/S RICK UNGAR
 
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  • Had to read twice, but points well said. It seems their approach to the case was poorly addressed to the wrong audience. But I still can not get past this mandate and the Commerce Clause. My [...]read » sirnate
 
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  • Also a reply to John (below) here: Numbers, I want numbers. Anybody can say "The viewpoint was well represented by the media, my viewpoint, not so much." Better yet, two arguers can play [...]read » Roy Brander
 
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  • "However, coverage of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have been very biased toward the other side." I'm assuming that "the other side" refers to liberals. The idea that reporting about our two [...]read » T/S JOHN KNEFEL
 
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  • Rule out c). It is prolly true, but is likely a result of a) or b). I have received some of the most preposterous forwarded e-mails on nutty stuff like death panels, rationing shortages, granny [...]read » leonkelly
 
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  • Here's the difference between your conservative and liberal commentators. There's often a attitude in coverage that Al Franken was somehow a liberal Rush Limbaugh. But while Rush is unequivocal [...]read » Roy Brander
 
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  • As a conservative form the Goldwater/William F. Buckley school of thought, I find the idea that a dope like Sarah Palin has any visibility in the media to be frustrating and even disgusting. Most [...]read » leonkelly
 
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The myth of the liberal media, health care edition

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The Pew Research Center has released a new report that perfectly illustrates how our broken media operates and why it's virtually impossible for an American citizen to keep him or herself informed about the substance of government policy.  Health care reform was the most covered topic in the media from [...]
 
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