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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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  • Nov 16, 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."

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  • Nov 16, 2006

    Ex-Dallas Fed president to join policy institute

    Robert McTeer will join the National Center for Policy Analysis and lead the Dallas-based research institute's work on economic policy issues, the group said Wednesday.

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  • Oct 19, 2006

    Social Security raise set at 3.3%: Increase for '07 checks gets mixed reviews

    Oct. 19--The federal government's release of its monthly consumer price index isn't something folks normally pay much notice. But Wednesday morning's announcement finalized the increase that 53 million Americans will get in their Social Security checks next year, sending Dallas-area seniors to their calculators to tally up the impact.

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  • Oct 15, 2006

    Inhofe correct on warming

    Sen. James Inhofe, Oklahoma Republican, has been taking a lot of heat lately for his skeptical stance on global warming. He's been called a "social dinosaur" for his failure to accept the politically correct view. Yet Mr. Inhofe is absolutely correct to be skeptical. As the Enlightenment philosopher Denis Diderot said, "Skepticism is the first step toward truth."

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  • Oct 01, 2006

    DO THIS FOR MOM

    KIKI, A SINGLE MOTHER OF TWO and a legal secretary, had just moved from New York to a small town in Pennsylvania, where the cost of living was much lower. But first she had to find a job, which was proving surprisingly difficult. Finally, during the 11th job interview in which she was asked the same question, "Do you have children?" something clicked. She dared to ask how that was relevant to the work. The response was blunt. "He said if you don't have a husband and have children, then I pay less per hour because I have to pay benefits for the entire family."

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