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Washington Post

Our Readers Who Comment express great skepticism this morning about the news that health-care industry groups are promising the White House that they will use "efficiencies to trim the rise in health-care costs by 1.5 percent a year," as Michael A. Fletcher and Ceci Connolly report.

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Big Insurance is already delivering on those cost savings!

Now, this the kind of self-sacrifice we're looking for, since the only important thing about health care is the cost!

Patient, deny thy own care!
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The troubling Elizabeth Edwards

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Historiann's got the goods on that cancer bitch who made her husband cheat on her and didn't publicly share the vital information about where he stuck his dick. Read below the fold...

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"It's about fuckin' time"

Seth MacFarlane on the growing popularity of atheism:

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Ah, nuance!

You do have the The Global Sociology Blog in your RSS reader, don't you?

I beg to differ with Paul Reiser: nuance helps us know where we stand.
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Anglachel lives!

Latest ploy on costs for Big Insurance: If you liked Judy Miller, you'll love Ceci Connolly!

Yes, WaPo's got Cecily covering the health insurance companies' totally awesome and extremely trustworthy offer on "savings." (She's a piece of work.) Read below the fold...

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Breaking News: Schumer may support a seat at the table for single payer

This diary at MyDD indicates that Schumer is ready to fight for single payer. This is terrific news if true. If you live in New York, please ask Schumer if this is true and thank him for his support.

There will be major demonstrations in New York in support of single payer:
May 27, state capital Albany, NY
May 30, New York City

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Health care reform kabuki continues, as health insurance parasites seemingly plead for life

Somebody smart decided to dominate the news cycle starting this Monday:

Industry reps offer $2 trillion in health savings

You've got to read the entire story to see that the savings are spread out over ten years, of course: Read below the fold...

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Gropinator angry with requirement to treat healthcare workers fairly

SEIU may be linked to ultimatum on withholding stimulus funds

Reporting from Sacramento -- Officials in the governor's office say a politically powerful union may have had inappropriate influence over the Obama administration's decision to withhold billions of dollars in federal stimulus money from California if the state does not reverse a scheduled wage cut for the labor group's workers.

The officials say they are particularly troubled that the Service Employees International Union, which lobbied the federal government to step in, was included in a conference call in which state and federal officials reviewed the wage cut and the terms of the stimulus package.

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We need health care, not health insurance

A Citizen's Guide to Indiana

A couple of observations - putting the health insurance industry out of business may be a feature as opposed to a bug. The industry doesn’t appear to be serving us very well but instead seems to be a giant leach, leading to a situation where, by and large and with some exceptions, we pay more for health care but get less than in other countries.

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Every which way but secular

Just what everybody needs — more religion in public life:

In Jordan, Pope Benedict XVI sought to stress the importance of religion in public life as a way to find common ground with Jewish and Muslim groups.

Isn't it kind of a "tell" when religionists act all deferential to other religions?

Either they've got a direct pipeline to God's Truth, or they don't — in which case, this is just professional courtesy among con men.

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Second planting; seeds in peat pots for corn, tomatoes, peppers, okra, squash

Mother's Day present to me: new peat pots, fresh starting soil, clean water, seeds.
Six tomato pots, six corn (three each red and white), four okra, two peppers, three each zucchini and summer squash. Waiting for later? radishes and cilantro, maybe more squash. Should be ready to go out in ten days!
The backup plan? Since the mower is still broken (but the new washer is wonderful) I'll try using a hoe/shovel/tiller in the back yard, then a soaker hose, then seeds in the ground. It's mid-May, for catsakes. We should be through with cold until October. Read below the fold...

The problem is not "confidence" but trust

Philly gets it right. Again. Here's what the Wharton School has to say about confidence and trust: Read below the fold...

NPR's Adam Davidson assaults our defender, Elizabeth Warren

rose[I'm stickying this to honor Elizabeth Warren on Mother's Day! At least somebody's trying to take care of us. Do thank her politely. Smart is hawt! -- lambert] Read below the fold...

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