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Monday, Nov. 2, 2009

Why the opt-out plan will work

The Senate leadership's decision to include the "public option" in its health care reform legislation seemed at first almost miraculous, especially to anyone who believed the hundreds of obituaries recited in the media over the past several months. But by acting on their convictions rather than their fears, the Democrats could ultimately find that the politics of consumer...
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Monday, Oct. 26, 2009

Insurers get bigger and squeeze out competitors

Popular disgust over the fat premiums that financial executives bestow upon themselves is burgeoning, and rightly so. Those Wall Street piggy banks are filling up with billions upon billions of government-subsidized dollars. But anyone infuriated by the grossly inflated compensation of the masters of finance should check out the incredible earnings of the top executives in the health insurance business...
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Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009

Obama won for restoring America’s prestige

Outraged babble and sanctimonious tut-tutting over President Obama's Nobel Peace Prize will pour forth until the very evening he accepts the prize in Oslo, and then for years afterward. His critics are infuriated, they say, because he didn't earn the prestigious award, or because he didn't refuse it—or just because...
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Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2009

Lost jobs and diminished investment can wreak havoc

The latest signals from the White House suggest that President Obama now realizes he must do more—and quickly—to ease the economic suffering of working families. He knows that most Americans believe his administration...
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Monday, Oct. 5, 2009

Gang of Six spreading health care fears and misinformation

Listening closely to the politicians with the most clout in the debate over health care, it is startling to discover how little they actually seem to know about the subject. Ignorance rules, even among the bipartisan group of senators known as the "Gang of Six," who supposedly have immersed themselves in the details of this life-and-death issue for many months...
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Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009

Right-wing media stars have long history of race baiting

With admirable calm, President Obama has sought to deflect the supercharged politics of race by expressing his optimism about American attitudes and ignoring the most extreme statements by his critics. For his own sake, as well as the nation’s, he is wise to give a pass...
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Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009

Joe Wilson's Dixie partisans

The stupid behavior of entertainer Kanye West and politician Joe Wilson demonstrated, if any fresh proof is necessary, that thoughtless rudeness isn't confined by ethnicity, ideology or background. With their highly public episodes of misconduct...
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Monday, Aug. 31, 2009

Attorney General Eric Holder must investigate abuses

Predictably as always, the Republicans in Congress and in the conservative media are berating Attorney General Eric Holder for deciding to investigate the CIA's use of abusive interrogation methods on terror suspects. They warn that probing this sensitive history will compromise intelligence operations and endanger the nation. They insist that these techniques have, in the words...
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Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2009

Emanuel coddles the Blue Dogs

If the Democrats fail to pass real changes in the health care system this year­—rather than a sham that mimics and mocks reform—they will have nobody to blame but themselves. Or at least nobody to blame but other Democrats...
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Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2009

Insurance companies make life-and-death decisions

When Republican politicians and right-wing talking heads bemoan the fictitious "death panels" that they claim would arise from health-care reform, they are concealing a sinister reality from their followers. The ugly fact is that every year we fail to reform the existing system, that failure condemns tens of thousands of people to die—either because they have no insurance or because their insurance companies deny coverage or benefits...

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