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What is meant by "wellness" programs


Most workers improving their personal health to compensate for rising healthcare costs, Watson Wyatt says

According to the survey, 12 percent of workers have reduced contributions to their retirement savings plans because of higher healthcare costs, while 18 percent have cut back on contributions to other savings. About one in four workers also reported higher stress levels due to rising healthcare costs.

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All of a sudden net neutrality isn't important anymore

'Net neutrality' seen on the back burner

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) -- U.S. lawmakers are in no hurry to pass a law to prevent phone and cable operators from favoring some Internet sites over others -- an idea known as "Net neutrality" -- since widespread abuses are lacking, legislative aides said Thursday.

Sigh. Read more about All of a sudden net neutrality isn't important anymore

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Deloitte locks out single payer advocates from discussion

Check out the panelists for Deloitte's ‘Executive Congress’ at the 6th Annual World Health Care Congress:

Deloitte to host ‘Executive Congress’ at the 6th Annual World Health Care Congress
Join us on April 14-15, 2009 in Washington D.C.
6th Annual World Health Care Congress

S&L scandal's William Black on Bill Moyers: Tim Geithner "covering up" massive fraud by bailed out banksters

(For William Black, see Corrente on 2009-02-17; he's the S&L enforcer who took down Charles Keating, back in the day when we had a regulatory structure). Here's the Bill Moyer's transcript; trying to excerpt from it is like trying to excerpt a nuclear explosion, so read it all: Read more about S&L scandal's William Black on Bill Moyers: Tim Geithner "covering up" massive fraud by bailed out banksters

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Godless Iowa allows gay marriage

It's bad enough that the Hawkeye State has scofflaws who support the healthcare option that dare not speak its name, it has now defied the will of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, by offering marriage equality to homosexuals.

The Greatest President Evah has made it clear that "marriage is the union between a man and a woman [big applause at Rick Warren's Saddleback Church], now for me as a Christian, it's also a sacred union, now God's in the mix [applause]." Read more about Godless Iowa allows gay marriage

What's wrong with pitchforks for banksters?

Politico, but seemingly well sourced.

“My administration,” the president added, “is the only thing between you and the pitchforks.”

The fresh details of the meeting — some never before revealed — come from an account provided to POLITICO by one of the participants. A second source inside the meeting confirmed the details, and two other sources familiar with the meeting offered additional information.

Aw, come on. Couldn't we pitchfork one or two of 'em? Read more about What's wrong with pitchforks for banksters?

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How Much Waiting Is Too Much?

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Pharmableg: "Classical liberal" doctor edition

Has anyone else encountered this dude? I have a request for information about something he says. Read more about Pharmableg: "Classical liberal" doctor edition

Man Succumbs To 7-Year Battle With Health Insurance

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Bushville: Poverty, USA

If you've been paying attention during the last month or so you know about the tent cities. But the truth is they aren't new. The truth is, they go back to the era of Reagan and "entitlement cutbacks." They're not limited to the USA; the causes are worldwide the same, though -- governments not meeting their responsibilities to ensure affordable shelter for the populace:

Tent cities have much in common with the squatter camps of the Great Depression, but to simply call them Hoover-villes is to ignore their complexity. To truly understand them, one must look at current trends in the developing world, where informal urbanism -- a form of "slum" development that takes place outside the conventions of city planning -- is now the predominant mode of city-making.

Informal urbanism, characterized by unauthorized land occupation, makeshift construction and a lack of public utilities, is how many burgeoning nations meet their housing needs. It thrives in places like Fresno, where poverty is endemic and there is a wide gap between rich and poor.

Rahul Mehrotra, a professor at the MIT Institute of Urban Studies and Planning, said there's a real kinship between Taco Flat and the squatter settlements of Mumbai, India, where he runs an architectural firm.

"It's really a reflection of the government's inability to provide housing affordably across society," Mehrotra said. Informal urbanism also thrives wherever people face exclusion from the mainstream markets for work and shelter, he added, whether for ethnic, economic or political reasons.

So, President Obama. Change has come to Washington. Will it be change that brings back jobs? Call center jobs, construction jobs, seasonal work in harvesting or planting -- like jobs generations of Americans used to pull themselves into the middle class in such industries as the telephone company, the power company, the automakers or support industry for the automakers, GE's washer-and-dryer division, Boeing, Raytheon, Convair, General Dynamics, US Steel, Maytag, AT&T, SBC -- these jobs just like the better stronger jobs they replaced in our "service economy" at the behest of the "global free market" -- are gone. The doubt that they'll return grows stronger every day. Corporations have been turning away from US labor since at least the middle of the 1980s, and consumers, lulled by the promise of "lower prices every day" and its poisonous cousin, "easy credit," have been missing the point of saving a little longer to pay for a better quality or US made or both item instead: the job you save might be your own. I'm so old I remember when in some neighborhoods in the US, buying a Toyota or a Datsun bought you a car-egging, if not Read more about Bushville: Poverty, USA

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Evan Bayh


UPDATE Jill Long Thompson to run against Evan Bayh in the primary?!?

Last month, the unhappy unions tried to oust Dan Parker as state chairman of the Indiana Dems, a move seen by many as a shot across the bow against Evan Bayh (the figurehead who keeps giving his blessing to Parker). Those same unhappy unions were some of JLT’s biggest supporters last year, when the Parker-led state party couldn’t care less about her. We think this has legs, but we’ll remain skeptical (and hopeful) until something more concrete materializes.

Edit - It does not look like she would be a credible candidate.

Where's my fucking bailout?


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