Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Links with a focus on health care reform...

Some interesting links on a widely discussed topic...

Whole Foods CEO John Mackey's controversial WSJ Op-ed piece

(Confess that I started laughing when I read the Maggie Thatcher quote he opens with...

"The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out
of other people’s money.”

Same could be said of bankers and their utilization of OPM.)


BusinessWeek story on the uproar caused by Mackey's op-ed (Story ends by noting that shares of Whole Foods had risen 27 cents.)

A primary care physician talks about the pressures he faces on the job, which include a diminishing salary and the ongoing need to educate patients about why an expensive test is not immediately needed....

Story in the LA Times on how the insurance companies have gained the upper hand in the reform.

"'It's a bonanza,'" said Robert Laszewski, a health insurance executive for 20 years who now tracks reform legislation as president of the consulting firm Health Policy and Strategy Associates Inc."

ABC's This Week's discussion on health care reform, with George Will, Robert Reich, Paul Krugman, Mike Frumm and George Stephanapoulos. (Watch this through to the end and you'll see Paul Krugman bring good old Christian terminology ["today's economy is purgatory"] into the economic debate.)

Simon Johnson and James Kwak write about the hypocrisy inherent in opposing the public option while supporting Medicare.

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