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Rocky Mountain Health Plans turns down four-month-old, tells parents: "Your baby is too fat"

Denver Post:

Alex Lange is a chubby, dimpled, healthy and happy 4-month-old.

Bernie and Kelli Lange tried to get insurance for their growing family with Rocky Mountain Health Plans when their current insurer raised their rates 40 percent after Alex was born. They filled out the paperwork and awaited approval, figuring their family is young and healthy. But the broker who was helping them find new insurance called Thursday with news that shocked them.

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Still playing the racist card

Tiresome. At The Obama 527 Formerly Known As Daily Kos, naturellement.

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Merc outfit Triple Canopy: We don't need no steenkin contracts

Why I love McClatchy:

Today, I arrived at the embassy with half an hour to spare before my appointment. I couldn't enter until my escort arrived, so I passed the time talking with a Peruvian guard -- in his broken English and what little Spanish I remembered from high school.

"Are you press?" he asked.

When I confirmed that I was a journalist, he lowered his voice and looked around to see if his American supervisor from Triple Canopy was watching the interaction.

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Ghastly numbers on youth employment.

You'd think at least Obama would do something for his putative base. Read below the fold...

Talk amongst yourselves

And now to clean the kitchen (by moving a lot of stuff out to the newly clean garage...) Hurrah! Read below the fold...

"The progressive right"

That phrase jumped out at me over at Angry Bear; I'll be interested to see if it propagates.

Because it would be hilarious, in a mordant way, if the right stole the "progressive"'s clothes.

But then this is what "progressives" would get for:

1. Never making clear what it means to be a progressive, except for:

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So, when do the cops and the teachers get their bailout?

Because the banksters looted their pension funds, too. Quelle surprise. I'll just quote one or two "tells" from David Cho in Pravda to point out some features of the discourse. This is good: Read below the fold...

Arthur Laffer joins board of medical tourism company

So that's what bending the cost curve comes down to? Medical tourism? Southern Beale remarks:

No wonder Republicans didn’t bother to fix healthcare all those years they were in power. There’s too much money to be made by keeping it broken.

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Extraordinary Bill Moyers interview with Marcy Kaptur and Simon Johnson

The juxtaposition is amazing enough. Go read it all immediately. I can't really do justice to it right now, but do try to think through some of the implications in comments.

One thing I can say: Thank God I don't take the A list -- more precisely, the concerns of the A list -- seriously any more. For whatever reason, they're not following the money, and that's why what they have to say is trivial compared to the scale and scope of the country's difficulties. Read below the fold...

About that 2013 date for health insurance deform ...

AP gets the date, in full why oh why can't we have a better press corps mode:

Under the Democratic bills, federal tax credits to help make health insurance affordable for millions of low- and middle-income households won't start flowing until 2013 — after the next presidential election. [Quelle surprise!] But Medicare cuts and a sizable chunk of the tax increases to pay for the overhaul kick in immediately. [Quelle surprise!]

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Smells like team spirit

Talk amongst yourselves

Off to clean, or at least re-arrange, the garage. Prep for winter! Read below the fold...

Things that Make You Go "Hmmm"

Google says: "All your data are belong to us":

The uber-geeks who run Google don't like to think about the messy world of law and politics. But it can't be avoided. The latest example: A Bear Stearns manager done in by a GMail account he thought was closed.

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A long article by Andy Xie on the next bubble (and how the bursting bubbles fleece the small, who don't have the inside knowledge of when to get out). This sentence jumped out:

The lesson from the Lehman collapse seems to be, "Take whatever you can and, when it crashes, you get to keep it."

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"Show me the paper!" works for debt collection, too

Credit Slips [just realized the pun in the name a minute ago, slaps forehead]:

The case began when a debt buyer purchased defaulted credit card debt and filed suit against a consumer. The debt buyer's law firm used the debt buyer's "You've Got Claims" system (really, that is its name) to request an affidavit from the debt buyer to file in support of the collection case. Where do such affidavits come from?

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