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Health Care Reform We Can Afford

Health Care Reform We Can Afford

Finally, a form of health care reform that will save us money and lives. No, I'm not talking about the massive, complex, and costly bill that passed through the House Energy and Commerce Committee at the end of July.  I'm talking about efforts by the Obama administration — and a multitude of supporters, including NEMA — to jump-start the transition to health information…

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Summertime Blues

Summertime Blues

Last week I wrote columns on the possible "compromise" on the anti-democratic "Employee Free Choice Act" (HR 1409/S 560) and the proposed "millionaire" surtax designed to pay for health care reforms.  I'd like to say that all of the problems with EFCA and the health care bill have been worked out, but this is July, not April Fools Day.  Very…

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Hold on to Your Pants

Hold on to Your Pants

Think that the proposed "millionaire surtax" to help pay for health care reforms won't impact job growth?  Think again. Last week, the House Ways & Means Committee approved health care surtaxes which, when combined with the expiration of the Bush tax cuts and reversion of the top federal tax rate on wages to 39.6% at the end of 2010, would…

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Health Care Reform: Protego Charm or Cruciatus Curse?

Health Care Reform: Protego Charm or Cruciatus Curse?

Legions of “Harry Potter” fans are running to movie theaters today for the much-anticipated release of “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.”  But Washington’s attention isn’t on the bespectacled wizard and his pals – it is focused on the proposed overhaul of our nation’s health care system.   Depending who you talk to, the various health care proposals being debated by…

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What is Health Care Reform? Depends on Who You Ask

What is Health Care Reform? Depends on Who You Ask

Health care reform is a big deal for U.S. businesses, including our electrical manufacturers.  Health care costs have grown steadily for more than a decade, and businesses — which bear much of the cost for their employers — have felt the strain on their bottom lines. (Of course, in that time medical diagnosis and treatment have also improved markedly, to the…

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Time to Relax

Time to Relax

Since I am in long-weekend mode already, and don't want to interrupt the reverie by pointing out that firm signs of economic recovery remain elusive, I thought I'd direct readers to some interesting takes on two important policy issues: cap-and-trade and health care. On the health care debate, Harvard's Greg Mankiw presents a nice discussion on some of the key…

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The High Cost of Fixing our High-Cost Health Care

The High Cost of Fixing our High-Cost Health Care

This week the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension (HELP) Committee begins its consideration of the "Affordable Health Choices Act," draft legislation sponsored by Senate HELP Committee Chair Edward Kennedy (D-MA) and Senator Christopher Dodd (D-CT).  This legislation, which requires individuals to have health care coverage and paves the way for the establishment of American Health Benefit Gateways to to…

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