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More On Republican Recalcitrance From President Obama

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See the video: More on the story from Politico: Republicans invited Obama to appear at their annual conference; the president accepted — and then surprised them by asking that cameras and reporters be allowed into the room. Republicans immediately agreed to the request, but they may be regretting it now. Again and again, Obama turned […] [Read More]
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President Obama Highlights Bipartisan Policy Center Health Care Reform Plan in Remarks to House Republicans

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Will The Republicans Just Say No to Howard Baker and Bob Dole? Probably In yesterday’s remarks at the House Republican Issues Conference, President Obama praised the Bipartisan Policy Center‘s (BPC) plan for reforming health care, entitled: “Crossing Our Lines: Working Together to Reform the U.S. Health System,” as a bipartisan health care proposal that is […] [Read More]
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Supreme Court Overturned Over 100 Years Of Settled Law

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The policy to ban corporate contributions and expenditures in federal elections dates back to 1907. In 1907, Congress enacted legislation to prohibit corporations from “directly or indirectly” making contributions in federal elections. In 1947, Congress amended the statute to make clear that the “directly or indirectly” language in the 1907 statute had covered expenditures as […] [Read More]
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Republican’s Appeal To Latinos: “familiar rhetoric of fear and deception”

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Rep. Mario Diaz Balart’s (R-FL) Spanish-language response to President Obama’s State of the Union address tried to sell Latinos a Republican Party without a record. But the Republican Party, be it in English or Spanish, is entrenched in trying to sell us nothing but out-of-context ideology and lies about Democratic accomplishments. For example: Mario Diaz-Balart […] [Read More]
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CT’s State Employees Working Hard To Address The Deficit

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Leaders of the State Employee Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC) met with representatives from Governor M. Jodi Rell’s Administration yesterday to once again offer assistance with the growing budget deficit. In response, her representatives agreed to continue meeting in order to identify creative programs and policies that could increase government efficiency, save taxpayer dollars, and help […] [Read More]
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Daniel Henninger Is An Idiot

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I’ve know this for some time, but the Wall Street Journal editorial writer has outdone himself. He argues in today’s column that we can’t reform health care because it’s just too big. And we can’t pass climate legislation for the same reason? These arguments are so stupid as to be beyond rebuttal. Health care and […] [Read More]
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Higher Co-payments for Doctor Visits Boosts Total Health Care Costs for Seniors

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For years many health experts believed that increasing insurance co-payments for routine doctor visits helped control costs. Patients faced with the higher price tag, they theorized, would simply cut back unnecessary visits, saving themselves and insurers money. Brown University researchers now believe that the practice of increasing co-payments for outpatient visits — at least for […] [Read More]
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Harvard Business School Faculty on the New Apple Tablet

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From time to time I post on something I find fascinating, even if it doesn’t involve politics or health. Here goes another: Four Harvard Business School professors offer their thoughts on this long-awaited and buzz-filled debut: Bhaskar Chakravorti, Senior Lecturer of Business Administration: The Apple tablet has already been declared the savior of many chronically […] [Read More]
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Jim Himes, at his best, identifying priorities:

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Throwing Up My Hands Or Just Throwing Up

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I’ve had in with my elected representatives – yes the Democrats, mostly: 1. Sens. Chris Dodd (D-CT) and Joe Lieberman (I-CT) said today that President Obama should once more invite Republicans into health care discussions, Politico reports. And, after a meeting with fellow Senate Democrats, Majority Leader Harry Reid said, “There is no rush.” The […] [Read More]
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