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SC Healthcare – Selling Smokes to Cure Lung Cancer

December 11, 2008
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Governor Sanford's tax swap plan is dependent on increasing smoking addiction. Much in the way that funding education partly on a state lottery fund puts the state in the position of encouraging gambling addiction, funding any on-going general programs, including healthcare, on cigarette tax revenue puts the state in a position of needing more cigarette…

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Cato: GOP Survival Depends on Failure of Obama Health Plan

November 23, 2008
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Conservative strategists believe the GOP must kill any Democratic attempt at universal healthcare in order to preserve the GOP's political viability, even if the Democrats' plan would save American lives and deliver care at a lower cost.

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America Witched By Voodoo Economics

October 4, 2008
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The collapse of U.S. financial markets is as complete a repudiation of so-called "free market" capitalism as the collapse of the Berlin Wall was a repudiation of Soviet-style socialism. It is plain for the world to see that financial markets self-regulate about as effectively as a room full of unsupervised 2 year olds. And when…

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Sorry, been busy guest blogging at Not Very Bright

July 13, 2007
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I’ve neglected posting because I’m engaged in a raging universal health care debate over at Not Very Bright. I say “raging” because there is a lot of meat in the comments on both sides, but the debate has been refreshingly civil. Check it out here. I promise I’ll be back at it here soon.

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Washington Post: Expanded Medicare Alternative Is A Radical Idea

July 10, 2007
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Never mind that every other develop nation is already doing it in some form and delivering better health care results at half the cost of the twisted, broken American system, the Washington Post thinks that Obama’s and Edwards’ plans to open a Medicare-like healthcare option to all Americans is “radical.” In his July 10 report…

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Happy 5th of July!

July 5, 2007
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OK, so I was too busy with the family to post on the 4th. Sue me. In honor of the 5th, here are my Top 5 Things To Make America Better: Close down Guantanamo and secret prisons overseas. A great democracy should be a model for the just treatment of prisoners. If we’ve got to…

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Any Idiot Can Beat The Press

May 9, 2007
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One of my favorite economics-focused blogs is Beat The Press, where Dean Baker regularly points out the fiscal BS floating around the mainstream media. Judging from an unscientific sampling of posts, Baker focuses most of his scrutiny on the Washington Post and the New York Times. Any idiot could easily deduce from my own posts…

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More Raging Health Care Debate

February 21, 2007
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There’s a long and remarkably informed and civil debate on the merits of universal health care going on over at Brad Warthen’s Blog. I’ve added This Idiot’s input a couple of times, and my comments have been singled out by an uber-mensch going by “Lee”. Here’s an excerpt of our exchange:

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Monopoly Money

February 19, 2007
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Dean Baker over at Beat the Press raises some interesting questions in his recent post Combating Drug Counterfeiting: Big Parma and the Soviet Union. Are we paying a $170 billion premium to protect $14 billion in new drug research?

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Are We Idiots, or What?

February 18, 2007
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I am sooo tired of Republicans and Libertarians and other plutocrats defending our bloated, inefficient, grossly unfair private health care system by claiming that a single-payer universal care system would be bloated and inefficient. Note that none of the private insurance apologists claim that a single-payer system would be more unfair than the current private system.

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