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October 1 Prep: Links o' Fun

With October 1 barreling down, we thought your ACA weekend would be livened by two valuable, and two enjoyable links, proving again that the internet is the most important use of time and waste of time in creation. Before getting to the fun stuff, here's two serious listicles that you should see: 1. Top 10 Reasons Why the Affordable Care Act is Good for Massachusetts, from EOHHS. 2. 10 Things You Need to Know About Obamacare in Massachusetts, from the Patch, is a good list of the upcoming changes. We'll have more to say in a few days. Now for the goodies: 1. Adorable Care Act Read more »

MA Health Reform Frightful In Rick Perry Campaign Ad

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Satire? You Decide

Source. Mitt Romney Haunted By Past Of Trying To Help Uninsured Sick People BELMONT, MA—Though Mitt Romney is considered to be a frontrunner for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, the national spotlight has forced him to repeatedly confront a major skeleton in his political closet: that as governor of Massachusetts he once tried to help poor, uninsured sick people. Romney, who signed the state's 2006 health care reform act, has said he "deeply regrets" giving people in poor physical and mental health the opportunity to seek medical attention, admitting that helping very sick people... Read more »

Jack Black IS Nathan Spewman

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Twin Bedfellows

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Obama / Romney / Obama / Romney / ... (Groucho too)

Following a longstanding A Healthy Blog convention, we tag posts dealing with former Governor Romney's spin cycle attempts to deal with the Massachusetts reform law under the health care humor category; besides, this gave me a good laugh. Timothy Noah of Slate posted a quiz yesterday that juxtaposes a number of Obama and Romney statements on health reform. But the statements are, as we say in health research, de-identified. The challenge is to identify who said which. This is harder than it looks. While we're on the subject of Republicans, this video nicely sums up their approach to health... Read more »

Best News of the Decade: Bloggers Can Get on Late-Nite

Our friend, Washington Post health blogger Ezra Klein is on Olbermann and Maddow all the time. But this is the best platform ever. When's our turn?The Colbert Report Mon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c Read more »

New Poetry Genre: "'Twas the Night Before #hcr"

Health reform is stimulating all kinds of creativity, particularly in the "poetry" department. A few weeks ago, there was a twitter storm of health care reform haiku. Of course, twitter's 140-character limit is ideal for haiku. You can read them all by searching twitter for "#hcr haiku." If I say so myself, I was proud of my contribution: Lieberman flip flops / No miracle in these days / Hanukkah shanda. Now a new genre has emerged, parodies of "'Twas the Night Before Christmas," (officially titled, "A Visit from St. Nicholas.") While the final health reform vote has just been moved from... Read more »

Weekend Light: The Fun Stuff

This is what makes it all worthwhile. Having to again wade through all the clips to select the best for the blog. The Betsy McCaughey interview is even important. Enjoy: Betsy McCaughey Part 1 Jon asks Betsy McCaughey to find the page in the health care bill that makes end-of-life consultations mandatory (background on McCaughey) Read more »

Weekend Fun-Link Riot!

A mid-August weekend, and there's only so much attention one can pay to the health care world. We could link you to the insightful editorial in the Taunton Daily Gazette, "Bay State's health reform success story," but the editorial only echoes similar points made by the Globe and Times in the past few weeks, concluding that MA health reform "has shown what progress can be made through a well-balanced approach - and thousands of residents are better off for it." Read more »

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