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Mass Health Reform "jeopardized by ascension upbeat tending costs"

This is bizarro-funny. A blog takes Kaiser's public domain health news, and I think round-trip auto-translates it into another language and back into English. Or something. I don't know, but it's amusing. Here's an example (source): NEW YORK TIMES EXAMINES MASSACHUSETTS HEALTH INSURANCE LAW AS MODEL FOR U.S. HEALTH REFORM “By tackling outlay at the aforementioned instance as access,” the Obama brass and congressional lawmakers “have prefabricated their semipolitical contest more difficult,” the New royalty Times reports. Read more »

Speculative Rumor and Crazy Talk::Deval and Mitt

This is very weird. I get the boomlet about Deval Patrick being considered for the Secretary of Health and Human Services slot, to replace Tom Daschle. According to the Washington Post, he's on the short list along with Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, former Missouri Rep. Dick Gephardt and John Podesta, the transition head who was chief of staff for Bill Clinton. Patrick absolutely denies all interest in going to Washington. But Mitt Romney? The Atlantic's fairly reliable blogger, Marc Ambinder, and Time Magazine's Karen Tumulty both think Mitt might be Obama's man for the job. Read more »

Voilà! Just Define the Uninsured as Covered, and Problem Disappears. For Free!

I've been saving our "Health Care Humor" tag for when/if Mitt Romney is selected as VP candidate, and has to walk back from chapter 58, his campaign's claim for his signal achievement, but this new statement from McCain health plan author John Goodman is too good to pass up. He claims that anyone who can go to an emergency room effectively has health insurance. "So I have a solution. And it will cost not one thin dime," Mr. Goodman said. "The next president of the United States should sign an executive order requiring the Census Bureau to cease and desist from describing any American – even... Read more »

Some Enjoy Paying High Premiums

If universal coverage came to America, some people would leave the country. But where would they go? Audio fun from the Onion. Read more »

What Would Universal Coverage Do To The Redundancy Industry?

Elizabeth Edwards was on Colbert last night, more than holding her own and speaking out for universal coverage and ending poverty: Colbert, defending the insurers, pleaded for the redundancy industry. He should get his talking points from the new effort by America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) - the insurance industry trade association - to raise an activist army of 100,000 to promote their take on health reform (report here). The expensive campaign will involve public listening-session roundtables (including Boston), web and blogs, paid media ads, and a high-cost grassroots component. Read more »

Study: Most Children Strongly Opposed To Children’s Healthcare

Study: Most Children Strongly Opposed To Childrenâ��s Healthcare Read more »

ROMNEY: "No, no, I like mandates. The mandates work."

Who knows how much longer we'll have Mitt for our needed doses of health care humor. So let's give him some air time to confuse further the American public about the MA health reform law (our comments in italics). This is from the transcript of Saturday's ABC News presidential debate: Read more »

Bush Administration's SCHIP Hypocrisy

We've been laying low on the SCHIP fight because there's been so much other commentary on it. Thank you, President Bush, for giving SCHIP more publicity and attention in the past two months than at any other point in its 10 year history. That's as far as the appreciation goes. Below is a great piece from Dow Jones (reported in today's Kaiser Daily Health Policy Report) on the Bush Administration's track record regarding adult coverage under SCHIP -- priceless: Read more »

Romney: "Half of my uninsured are now insured, and I am proud of what we’ve done."

We couldn't make this stuff up if we tried. Full Republican Debate transcript available by clicking here. ROMNEY: We solved the problem of health care in our state not by having the government take it over, the way Hillary Clinton would – with private free-enterprise approaches. … MODERATOR: Governor Romney, we have an e-mailed question from Kendrick of Oakland, California, who says the health plan you left in Massachusetts, which required people to get their own insurance, amounts to Hillary Care. You say it was the result of a Democratic legislature. I want to ask you: If a Democratic... Read more »

More SCHIP Comedy Gold

We said it a few weeks ago: Bush's SCHIP veto is a gift from on high. Read more »

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