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  • Jan 26, 2007

    Bush's Healthcare Proposal

    George W. Bush's proposal, unveiled in his State of the Union address Tuesday night, to change the tax treatment of health insurance, is worthy of some serious consideration. Bush would make the value of employer-provided health insurance taxable to the employee but would grant a $15,000 exemption for families and $7,500 for individuals for all taxpayers regardless of whether they have employer-provided health insurance.

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  • Jan 24, 2007

    A Spending Sham

    A fresh new Congress has come to Washington, run by a different party, with different leadership and very different ideas. The new House adopted tougher ethics rules for its members and hopes to get America out of the antiterrorism effort in Iraq; it voted to raise the minimum wage and reduce the interest rates on student loans; and it wants to roll back tax deductions for oil companies and force drug makers to reduce Medicare prescription drug prices.

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  • Jan 24, 2007

    Experts laud health care emphasis, disagree on deduction

    Health care experts in North Texas welcome President Bush's new emphasis on reducing the ranks of the uninsured, but they disagree over whether his ideas for expanding access to health care coverage are the right prescription.

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  • Dec 28, 2006

    Don’t tell anybody but we can all breathe easier now

    WASHINGTON - A lot of people have a vested interest in making you think air pollution is getting worse. Rather than put themselves out of jobs, air quality regulators make standards for safe levels of pollution stricter - continuously.

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  • Dec 28, 2006

    Health Insurance's New Wave And the Man Behind the Plans

    If you struggled with the choice of a newfangled highdeductible health insurance option during open enrollment this fall, you can thank -- or perhaps curse -- conservative economist John C. Goodman for the experience.

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  • Nov 30, 2006

    Half in New Health Plans Want to Switch, Poll Shows

    People in a new kind of health plan that makes consumers pay for a bigger share of their care appear to be more costconscious than those in traditional plans, but half say they would switch if they had the chance, according to a survey released yesterday. The survey of 1,389 people by the nonprofit Kaiser Family Foundation found that 71 percent of those in the new "consumer-directed health plans" said the policies prompted them to consider cost when seeking health care, compared with 49 percent of those with more traditional employer-sponsored coverage.

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  • Nov 26, 2006

    Another Latin failing

    We are suffering from a national pandemic of ignoratio elenchi. That's a Latin term. In short, it means "ignorance of proof." In long, it's "a fallacy of logic of supposing a point proved or disproved by an argument proving or disproving something not at issue." Now, some folks actually are ignorant of the proof - - and of the truth. But others, who know better, exploit the masses' ignorance to profit either personally or for "their cause," or both.

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  • Nov 22, 2006

    Myths pump up ranks of America's uninsured

    About 47 million Americans lack health insurance, according to the most recent Census Bureau report. The annual report is an opportunity for pundits to deplore well, deplore what exactly?

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