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Economists shouldn’t back health care

Can liberals be good economists? That question came to mind reading a Nov. 17 letter on health care policy addressed to President Barack Obama signed by 23 economists. These individuals noted that “we write as economists to stress the potential ...

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House health plan has public option, millionaire tax

House leaders unveiled an $894 billion plan to overhaul the U.S. health system by creating a government-run insurance program, requiring employers to cover workers and imposing a surtax on the wealthiest Americans. The legislation comes after three months of negotiations ...

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Government has the right to reform health care

Looking at the level of animosity and vitriol some people have displayed in the debate over health care reform, one wonders what underlies this speech that at times descends to hate. Is the idea of the federal government helping guarantee ...

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The health insurance industry’s Trojan horse

The Trojan horse is a mythical animal that was parked outside the city of Troy and eventually dragged into the city by the Trojans as a victory trophy. Everyone knows the rest of the story. Inside the horse, a handful ...

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Battle over the Patriot Act moves to Senate

Health care reform is the rage in Congress. Judging by the sound bites, you would think Congress is doing nothing else. Don’t be fooled. The Senate Judiciary Committee reported out a bill last week to extend and, ever so slightly, ...

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Health care proposal limits personal freedom

The health care policy debate touches on various issues, including access to and the affordability of quality care. But many people – including assorted policymakers – forget it’s also about freedom. At its best, government protects individual freedom. For example, ...

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Health co-ops’ allure could prove unrealistic

Art Wineman has spent most of his 29-year career practicing medicine at Minnesota-based Health-Partners Inc. He’s turned down more lucrative offers and is there to stay. The family doctor said he’s hooked on the consumer-governed, non-profit health cooperative where physicians ...

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Obama considers bypassing Republicans on health care

President Barack Obama and Democratic congressional leaders, unable to reach a deal with Republicans in health care, are considering alternatives to a bipartisan bill, Sen. Charles Schumer said. Schumer, speaking on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday, said Obama and Democratic ...

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