Category: Issue Analysis

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How Big is a Trillion?

From a trusted colleague who confirmed it on his scientific calculator: There is a lot of talk about trillions of dollars these days. I heard this last week and verified it with my trusty...

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Polls: Don’t Touch My Health Plan

Amy Walter, in the National Journal did a great job of zeroing in on the politically relevant bottom line on health care reform polling data to date: Even so, a consistent theme is clear:...

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U.S. House Health Reform Bill Analysis

Keith Hennessey has analyzed the House version of the Democratic Party’s health care reform bill, and compared and contrasted it with Senator Kennedy’s health care bill. The parallels are significant, and while Senator Kennedy’s...

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Leaked Kennedy Health Care Bill is Analyzed

Keith Hennessey, whose bio is here, has analyzed the Kennedy Health Care Reform bill that leaked late in the evening of Sunday, June 7, 2009. Hennessey’s analysis is straightforward, factual (based on the legislative...

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A Visionary Who Led with Compassion

Russ Pullam, associate editor of the Indianapolis Star wrote a column about J. Patrick Rooney’s accomplishments, and is worth reading. Pullam’s column begins, as anyone who knew Pat well will understand, with the importance...

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Thirteen Reasons Palin unbounced Obama

There are many reasons that McCain’s Vice Presidential pick resonates far better with likely voters than does Obama’s pick of Senator Biden (D-DE): It gives Hillary Clinton supporters a positive reason to vote for...

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Get Used to the Michelle Factor?

“A NBC/Wall St. Journal poll released this week found that only half of Clinton supporters are backing the Illinois senator, while 21 percent said they will support McCain. More than a quarter remain undecided.”...

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Who is Against Affordable Health Care?

Craig Barrett, Chairman of Intel Corp. told the U.S. Senate Finance Committee it would be spending $1 billion a year on health care soon, and that “we’ve just been writing checks,” and that those...

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2009 HSA Deposit Limits

Individuals: $3,000 Families: $5,950 Allowable Additional Catch Up Deposit for those 55 and older: $1,000 Contributions can be made as late as April 15th for the preceding year. December 1, 2008 is the last...

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Why Hospital Prices Must be Transparent

Hospital prices must be made transparent, because no market can work without clear prices for goods and services. Can you walk into a Wal-Mart without seeing the price of anything for sale? No. Jiffy...