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Ratify Korea trade pact

November 18, 2009 — In Case You Missed It...

The South Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement should be ratified, and soon, because of the initialing last month of a similar agreement between South Korea and the European Union.The EU-Korean free-trade agreement hasn't yet been formally signed or ...

Obamacare: Buy now, pay later

November 16, 2009 — In Case You Missed It...

There is an air of absurdity to what is mistakenly called "health-care reform." Everyone knows that the United States faces massive governmental budget deficits as far as calculators can project, driven heavily by an aging population and uncontrolled health costs. As we recover slowly from a devastating recession, it's widely agreed that, though deficits should not be cut abruptly (lest ...

Report: Bill would reduce senior care

November 15, 2009 — In Case You Missed It...

A plan to slash more than $500 billion from future Medicare spending -- one of the biggest sources of funding for President Obama's proposed overhaul of the nation's health-care system -- would sharply reduce benefits for some senior citizens and could jeopardize access to care for millions of others, according to a government evaluation released Saturday. The report, ...

The Lords of Entitlement

November 09, 2009 — In Case You Missed It...

Pelosi's Health Care Bill:"It creates a vast new entitlement, financed by European levels of taxation on business and individuals"Speaker Nancy Pelosi defied policy logic and public opinion late Saturday night, ramming through the House a nearly 2,000-page health-care leviathan that counts as the biggest expansion of the federal government ...

Snowe: House Bill Not Within American Mainstream

November 05, 2009 — In Case You Missed It...

It's safe to say Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), the only Republican who appears to be entertaining support for the Democratic health reform bills, is no fan of the House legislation."I do not know what world they live in," Snowe said in an interview. "But all I know is it is  totally detached from the average person, the average business owner who is struggling ...

Health bills too timid on cutting costs, experts say

November 04, 2009 — In Case You Missed It...

Democrats in Congress are embracing the spirit of President Obama's call to slow the runaway rise of health-care costs but are shying away from some of the most aggressive techniques for achieving that.Instead of revolutionizing how care is delivered and paid for, experts say, the legislation being shaped takes a cautious approach to reining in ...

Bending the Curve – The Wrong Way

October 23, 2009 — In Case You Missed It...

Obama Administration officials have repeatedly emphasized the need to "bend the curve" of health-care costs. Reducing increases in health spending, they argued, was essential to controlling future federal budget deficits and making insurance affordable for most Americans. Now, in the first comprehensive evaluation of one of the major congressional health reform bills, ...