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Ezra Klein: August 9, 2009 - August 15, 2009

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• The economy: Now with more gild! • The myth of management consultants. • The New York Times calls a lie a lie. • End-of-life care: Where ethics meet economics. • Arlen Specter and Chuck Grassley, both septuagenarian senators, have...

By Ezra Klein  |  August 14, 2009; 6:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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The New Message

Barack Obama was in Montana today for a town hall on health care. I've pasted his remarks below the fold. They're most interesting for what's not in them. The word "cost" never appears. Nor does "curve." The word "insurance"...

By Ezra Klein  |  August 14, 2009; 5:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
 
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The Michael Jackson Moment

"We're in the Michael Jackson moment for health-care reform," says Andy Stern, head of the Service Employees International Union. "These town halls are stages that have been set for a show. There's no way any congressman can think this is...

By Ezra Klein  |  August 14, 2009; 4:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Health Reform , Interviews  
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A Chat With the Head of the Health Insurance Industry

Turns out the C-SPAN folks lied. The video of my interview with insurance industry poo-bah Karen Ignagni is not embeddable. But it is watchable online. You just have to go here....

By Ezra Klein  |  August 14, 2009; 3:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
 
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An Interview With Ezekiel Emanuel

Before Ezekiel Emanuel joined his brother Rahm in the White House, he was director of the National Institute of Health's clinical bioethics programs and an oncologist specializing in breast cancer. Since he began advising President Obama's budget chief, Peter Orszag,...

By Ezra Klein  |  August 14, 2009; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
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The Power of Nonsense

The fine folks at C-SPAN assure me that they'll have an embeddable version of my interview with Karen Ignagni a bit later today (it'll air on C-SPAN on Sunday). The first question was asked by a reporter from the Washington...

By Ezra Klein  |  August 14, 2009; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Lunch Break

Julia Child teaches you to make an omelette....

By Ezra Klein  |  August 14, 2009; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Time Heals All Wounds

A British reader writes in: I am a UK citizen living in the UK and I guess my Conservative views would equate to that of a Republican. I am contacting you because I cannot sit by and watch some of...

By Ezra Klein  |  August 14, 2009; 1:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Health Reform , Social Security  
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A More Painful, and a More Expensive, Death

Friday's Washington Post has an excellent editorial on end-of-life counseling. Toward the end, the piece touches on some actual evidence that individuals who have clear end-of-life directives live just as long as those who don't but spend 36 percent less...

By Ezra Klein  |  August 14, 2009; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Not Who Should Lead the Fed, But How

Steve Pearlstein has a nice column today arguing that the important question is not who should be appointed — or reappointed — chairman of the Federal Reserve, but how that job is to be structured in the first place. Whenever...

By Ezra Klein  |  August 14, 2009; 11:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Federal Reserve , Solutions  
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Howard Dean and the Goal Posts

It was about five years ago now that Howard Dean was peaking in his campaign for the presidency. Dean's campaign is best known for the prescient foreign-policy progressivism -- or maybe it was common sense? -- and the refreshingly...

By Ezra Klein  |  August 14, 2009; 11:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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The Town Hall You Didn't See

The most telling health-care event of the last week was not a town hall. It was not a press conference or a speech or a rally. There were no politicians or protesters. Instead, there were just a lot of people...

By Ezra Klein  |  August 14, 2009; 10:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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What Do You Want to Ask Karen Ignagni?

In about two hours, I'm going to be taping C-SPAN's Newsmakers program, where I'll be interviewing Karen Ignagni, the head of America's Health Insurance Plans. The interview will air on Sunday. What do you want me to ask? And as...

By Ezra Klein  |  August 14, 2009; 9:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
 
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Pharma's Investment

Turns out that the White House's deal with Pharma might actually pay off. Mike Allen has the details: A new coalition this morning is launching $12 million in TV ads to support President Obama’s health-reform plan, in the opening...

By Ezra Klein  |  August 14, 2009; 8:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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A Bit More on Organics

Grist's Tom Philpott's latest post on the virtues of organics is here, and it contains a terrific capsule explanation of the tremendous contribution organics make toward healthier soil. There's much less, however, on whether they make healthier people. And that's...

By Ezra Klein  |  August 14, 2009; 7:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Food  
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Tab Dump

• Paul Krugman writes some science/economic fiction. • Ryan Grim gets one lobbyist to open up about the deal between the White House and the pharmaceutical industry. That said, the important thing isn't necessarily that the deal was struck, but...

By Ezra Klein  |  August 13, 2009; 6:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Why We Can't Have Good Policy

So Sarah Palin was for death panels before she was against them. Sen. Johnny Isakson's staff is blasting out press releases emphasizing the difference between Isakson's amendment and the House bill when Isakson has, in the past, supported much stronger...

By Ezra Klein  |  August 13, 2009; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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Do We Have Enough Doctors For Health-Care Reform?

A reader writes in with a common concern: It seems to me that if some version of the health care reform currently under consideration passes, and a substantial portion of the 40-50 million uninsured Americans gain access to health...

By Ezra Klein  |  August 13, 2009; 5:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
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Speed Reading

More DIY videos at 5min.com Via Tyler Cowen comes this video teaching speed reading. A longer explanation of the technique is here. The claim is quite grand: A few hours of training can result in "an average increase in reading...

By Ezra Klein  |  August 13, 2009; 5:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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A Floor, Not a Ceiling

This issue came up in today's chat, but I wanted to address it more directly. There is a difference between health-care systems that provide a ceiling and a floor. A floor on health care means everyone gets a certain, minimum...

By Ezra Klein  |  August 13, 2009; 4:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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What Social Security Teaches Us About Health Care

Paul Begala has an op-ed in this morning's Washington Post that's the most important argument you'll read today. I'm going to quote a nice big chunk of it here. I think my fellow progressives ought to give Max Baucus and...

By Ezra Klein  |  August 13, 2009; 4:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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Chat Transcript

Washington, DC: A sad hypothetical for you but if Senator Kennedy had been able to be more involved in this whole process, do you think Republican Senators would have been more likely to deal or was it pretty much set...

By Ezra Klein  |  August 13, 2009; 3:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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The End of End-of-Life Counseling?

As you'd probably expect, the Senate Finance Committee is moving toward dropping coverage of end-of-life counseling from its bill entirely. Luckily, the committee's ranking member, Chuck Grassley, has some advice for those who are confused about such things as "living...

By Ezra Klein  |  August 13, 2009; 2:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
 
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Lunch Break

If the town halls didn't exist, Jon Stewart would have to invent them. The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10cHealther Skelterwww.thedailyshow.comDaily Show Full EpisodesPolitical HumorSpinal Tap Performance...

By Ezra Klein  |  August 13, 2009; 1:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The Crankiest Republican

Of late, Mike Enzi is getting a lot of bad press from liberals who think him too conservative to be involved in the Gang of Six process. But so far, he's not been the problem. He's not been trashing...

By Ezra Klein  |  August 13, 2009; 12:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Live Chat at Noon Today

You can submit questions here. Or join in! As always, I can do health care till it comes out your ears, but I'm also open for other topics, including "Julie and Julia," which I saw last night....

By Ezra Klein  |  August 13, 2009; 11:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The Roots of Town Halls

Paul Krugman takes a quick trip in the wayback machine, all the way to January of 2008, when one of the big arguments in the Democratic primary was that Barack Obama would offer a path out of the polarized, frenzied...

By Ezra Klein  |  August 13, 2009; 10:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
 
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A Good Bill on a Hard-to-Explain Subject

I'm not going to pretend that I really understand "waste heat capture" or the Merkley-Sanders bill that addresses it. The crude way to put it is that "waste heat" is the heat that's emitted from other production processes --...

By Ezra Klein  |  August 13, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Newt Gingrich

I'm trying not to use the formulation "impossible to overstate" anymore, because very few things are impossible to overstate. For instance, it's not "impossible to overstate" what an intellectual fraud Newt Gingrich is. He's just a really huge intellectual fraud....

By Ezra Klein  |  August 13, 2009; 8:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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A Question of Time

Mark Fraunfelder of Boing Boing asks: Let's say a meeting, originally scheduled for Wednesday, has been moved forward two days. What is the new day of the meeting? Friday, of course. It took me a few minutes to even understand...

By Ezra Klein  |  August 13, 2009; 7:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
 
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Tab Dump

• Is climate change turning out worse than we thought? • Caitlin Flanagan has a lengthy, but devastating, attack on Rielle Hunter. • Meet the king of the Afghani blogosphere. • This is probably the greatest poem ever written. •...

By Ezra Klein  |  August 12, 2009; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
 
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Is this 1994 All Over Again? An Interview with Nancy-Ann DeParle

Nancy-Ann DeParle is the director of the White House Office on Health Reform. But she's been around this issue a long time. In 1994, she was the Office of Management and Budget's point person on health care, and later...

By Ezra Klein  |  August 12, 2009; 5:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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What End-of-Life Counseling Is Actually About

Joe Klein has a sensitive and serious post on the actual issues involved in end-of-life counseling. An excerpt: I've spent quite a bit of time with my elderly parents--they're both 89 and have been together since the age of 5--trying...

By Ezra Klein  |  August 12, 2009; 5:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Why Are Tom Vilsack and Janet Napolitano in the Obama Administration?

This is a good post from Matt Yglesias: One could imagine a world in which instead of serving as Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack was running for the US Senate seat currently held by Chuck Grassley. Vilsack would probably lose...

By Ezra Klein  |  August 12, 2009; 4:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Obama administration  
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What Health Care Can Learn From Whole Foods

I've gotten a couple requests to respond to John Mackey's op-ed advocating a series of health-care reforms that wouldn't solve anybody's health-care problems. The ideas in there aren't interesting and aren't new. The archives of this blog contain plenty of...

By Ezra Klein  |  August 12, 2009; 4:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
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How Much Power Does Obama Have?

The calls to make Jon Cohn president -- he'll only be 47 in 2016! -- remind me of a post I wanted to write about our current president. Dan Froomkin, in his first missive at his new home, wrote that...

By Ezra Klein  |  August 12, 2009; 3:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Love and Money

Catherine Rampell comes across a new working paper by researchers at the University of Michigan, the University of Pennsylvania and Northwestern that suggests spendthrifts and tightwads have a tendency to marry one another. From the abstract: “[T]ightwads,” who generally spend...

By Ezra Klein  |  August 12, 2009; 1:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Lunch Break

What do the G.I. Joes, and their sworn adversaries in COBRA, do when the day ends? This sad and elegant ballad considers the question. The Ballad of G.I. Joe from Olivia Wilde...

By Ezra Klein  |  August 12, 2009; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Against Heirloom Tomatoes

My colleague Jane Black delivers a righteous rant against the food world's adoration of heirloom tomatoes. In the food world, and in that especially obsessive corner populated by tomato aficionados, heirlooms are the embodiment of all that is good, which...

By Ezra Klein  |  August 12, 2009; 12:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Is There Anything Sarah Palin Can't Polarize?

Greg Sargent rounds up some other Republicans who have been supporters of adding end-of-life counseling to Medicare. He's got Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski on the list, but should also add Richard Lugar, who co-sponsored the 2007 Medicare End-of-Life Care...

By Ezra Klein  |  August 12, 2009; 11:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Twitter, Stephen Hawking and Brits Enter the Health-Care Debate

The top topic on Twitter right is "welovetheNHS." That stands for "we love the National Health Service," and it's a product of Brits who are tired of hearing the cheap, efficient and universal health-care system smeared in the American...

By Ezra Klein  |  August 12, 2009; 11:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Jon Cohn Immigrates to Colbert Nation

It's sad that the best discussions on health-care reform happen on parody shows. But it makes me happy to see the excellent Jon Cohn on my teevee. The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30cJonathan Cohnwww.colbertnation.comColbert Report Full EpisodesPolitical HumorMeryl...

By Ezra Klein  |  August 12, 2009; 10:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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The Actual Debate Over Health-Care Reform

A bit later today, I'll be putting up an interview with Nancy-Ann DeParle, director of the White House's Office of Health Reform. But there's a particular argument that I want to focus on. "When you step back," she told...

By Ezra Klein  |  August 12, 2009; 10:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
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Like the Laffer Curve, But Less Wrong

People say health-care reform is complicated. It isn't. In fact, you can sketch it on the back of a napkin....

By Ezra Klein  |  August 12, 2009; 9:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Tab Dump

• A roundtable on the public plan. • Simon Johnson and James Kwak explain why you shouldn't like your health insurance. • Why did Riceland Foods get so much in subsidies between 1999 and 2003? • Robert Gibbs loves this...

By Ezra Klein  |  August 11, 2009; 7:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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More on Isakson and End-of-Life Counseling

Sen. Johnny Isakson's office is not happy that Isakson is being used to rebut attacks on the "end-of-life counseling" provision in the House's health-care reform bill. "I categorically oppose the House bill and find it incredulous that the White House...

By Ezra Klein  |  August 11, 2009; 6:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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The Mass Appeal of Saul Alinsky

It's pretty amusing that after mocking community organizers during the presidential campaign, conservatives have enthusiastically adopted Rules for Radicals, Saul Alinsky's community organizing how-to, as a guide for mounting an effective opposition. Dave Weigel tells the tale, but also talks...

By Ezra Klein  |  August 11, 2009; 5:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Organic Foods vs. Conventional Produce

Speaking of Tom Philpott, he takes issue today with my contention that studies don't show that organic fruits and vegetables are measurably more nutritious than agriculture grown through conventional means. The most recent data on this come from a massive...

By Ezra Klein  |  August 11, 2009; 5:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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Do We Need to Cook?

I had wanted to write something brilliant and witty about Michael Pollan's long paean to cooking, but I couldn't figure out what to say about it. Something was nagging at me. Something felt off in the article. But I...

By Ezra Klein  |  August 11, 2009; 4:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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A Bit More on Madness

I actually thought Will Wilkinson's takedown of me was going to be a bit more pointed than it was, given that I misspoke significantly this morning. Instead he spins off to promote an old paper he wrote on Social Security...

By Ezra Klein  |  August 11, 2009; 4:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Republicans vs. the Business Community

We're seeing something very interesting right now. A Republican Party unmoored from its traditional supporters in the business community. A conservative base that wants something that the health care industry doesn't want. For those whose mental model of the...

By Ezra Klein  |  August 11, 2009; 3:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Scared.

I'll have a bit more on this later, but I'm really struck by the retrenchment on exhibit in this Rasmussen poll: These figures reflect a significant increase in support for the health care system over the past few months. In...

By Ezra Klein  |  August 11, 2009; 1:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
 
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Lunch Break

Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, and Steve Martin all on one screen, all at the same time? Whoa. YouTube Video ResizerMySpace Layouts MySpace Codes MySpace Backgrounds...

By Ezra Klein  |  August 11, 2009; 12:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Stupid Pundit Tricks

Niall Ferguson writes: President Barack Obama reminds me of Felix the Cat. One of the best-loved cartoon characters of the 1920s, Felix was not only black. He was also very, very lucky. And that pretty much sums up the 44th...

By Ezra Klein  |  August 11, 2009; 12:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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"Two Essential Truths"

"There are, I think, two essential truths in international health policy," writes Alex Massie. "No-one sees fit to copy the [U.K.'s] National Health Service and no-one sees fit to copy the American system." That sounds about right to me. The...

By Ezra Klein  |  August 11, 2009; 12:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Health of Nations  
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It Is Democracy, Not Health-Care Reform, That Is Sick

As Josh Marshall says, we've reached a point in the health-care reform discussion where logic has fallen apart. Consider, for instance, Danielle Allen's op-ed this morning. Discussing the insistence of some that health-care reform will result in rationing and...

By Ezra Klein  |  August 11, 2009; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (97)
 
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Ezekiel Emanuel on Euthanasia

Given that old academic writings by Ezekiel Emanuel are entering Betsy McCaughey's Nonsensatronic 3000 and emerging as coded arguments for euthanasia (or, more evocatively, "death panels"), it's probably worth seeing what the former bioethicist and current OMB adviser has actually...

By Ezra Klein  |  August 11, 2009; 9:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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• This is what it's like to have health insurance on the individual market. • Foreign Policy's web site has a new Afghanistan-Pakistan section. • Sam Harris is not impressed with Francis Collins' attempt to merge theism and science. •...

By Ezra Klein  |  August 10, 2009; 6:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
 
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Is the Government Going to Euthanize your Grandmother? An Interview With Sen. Johnny Isakson.

Sarah Palin's belief that the House health-care reform bill would create "death panels" might be particularly extreme, but she's hardly the only person to wildly misunderstand the section of the bill ordering Medicare to cover voluntary end-of-life counseling sessions between...

By Ezra Klein  |  August 10, 2009; 5:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (92)
Categories:  Health Reform , Interviews  
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This Week's Think Tank: Health Care, Obesity and Intellectuals

1) Health economists Amy Finkelstein and Robin McKnight examine what happened when the government introduced Medicare into the market. 2) A variety of economists and health policy experts wonder why is the developed world obese? 3) The Center for Budget...

By Ezra Klein  |  August 10, 2009; 4:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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How Stephen Hawking Proves That Investor's Business Daily's Editorial Page Tells Lies

Stephen Hawking was born in Oxford. He currently teaches at the University of Cambridge. Oxford and Cambridge have something in common: They're both in England. Which makes this editorial in Investor's Business Daily unfortunate indeed. People such as scientist Stephen...

By Ezra Klein  |  August 10, 2009; 3:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
 
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Health-Care Reform and You

I did an interview the other day with Adam Waxman at WireTap. We talked, as you might imagine, about health care. One of his final questions was from a category of questions I get fairly often: What's in it for...

By Ezra Klein  |  August 10, 2009; 3:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Health Reform  
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Do Populous States Have Liberal Senators?

Earlier today, I posted a graph showing the ideology of a senator (ranked from 1-100, where "1" was the most conservative senator in the Senate) against the size of their state (ranked from 1 to 50, where "1" was the...

By Ezra Klein  |  August 10, 2009; 3:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Charts and Graphs , Congress  
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The Need for FAQs

The White House has started a web site to give you "the facts about the security and stability you get from health insurance reform." The first thing I'd note is those final three words: The White House is trying to...

By Ezra Klein  |  August 10, 2009; 2:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Dystopia in the Outlook Section

Sunday's Outlook section had two pieces outlining pretty dystopic scenarios. The first was a back-to-the-land manifesto from someone who's building a self-sufficient farm in rural New Mexico in order to protect against the inevitable chaos of peak oil and resource...

By Ezra Klein  |  August 10, 2009; 1:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Taxes  
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Lunch Break

This clip is called "The Adventures of Andre and Wally B," and it's a 1984 effort from a few guys at Lucasfilm who went on to start a little company called Pixar. In other words, it's the pilot cartoon for...

By Ezra Klein  |  August 10, 2009; 12:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Health-Care Reform Doesn't End in 2009. It Begins.

Jon Cohn delivers a thorough rebuttal to this morning's missive from Robert Samuelson, thus freeing up the chunk of my morning that would've otherwise been devoted to that task. I did want to add one point, though: We have...

By Ezra Klein  |  August 10, 2009; 11:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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'Funny People'

Ross Douthat's column on Judd Apatow's "Funny People" is very good, for two reasons. The first is that it's simply a good column, and one of the first Ross has written that really plays to his strengths as a...

By Ezra Klein  |  August 10, 2009; 11:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Movies  
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Small State, Big State; Red State, Blue State?

I wanted to quote Alec McGillis's excellent article on the misunderstood history and modern problems of the Senate. The problem is I can't decide which part to quote. There's the bit where McGillis explains that the structure of the Senate,...

By Ezra Klein  |  August 10, 2009; 10:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Congress  
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First Time as Tragedy, Second Time as Tragedy

I don't say much about Afghanistan on this blog because, well, I don't know much about Afghanistan. I rely on Spencer Ackerman for that. But Walter Pincus has certainly earned his reputation as a foreign policy wise man, and I'm...

By Ezra Klein  |  August 10, 2009; 10:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Do We Need Ivy-League Teachers?

Sarah Fine was one of those high-achieving, socially conscious, Ivy-educated kids who we're always saying should become teachers. And she listened. She became a teacher. But this year, she's giving it up. The salary was part of it. The...

By Ezra Klein  |  August 10, 2009; 9:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
Categories:  Education  
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