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Today I looked at the cost controls in the health-care bill, the uselessness of counting votes and the prevalence of conservative misinformation on health-care reform.

Here's what I didn't get to:

1. Timothy Noah thinks the insurance industry should like health-care reform.

2. Paul Waldman loves the postal service (the mail folks, not the band.).

3. Nobody watches cable news.

4. The interview Eric Massa did with Glenn Beck made for some very weird TV.

5. My friend Chris Hayes is guest-hosting the Rachel Maddow show tonight. Tune in!

Recipe of the day: Potato and onion frittata with rosemary.

By Ezra Klein  |  March 9, 2010; 7:32 PM ET
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None of the cost controls in this health bill have ever worked in any country in the world. What has worked is administered rates and a Medicare drug formularly, neither of which is part of this bill.

Re Timothy Noah,

Posted by: bmull | March 9, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

insurers dislike this reform because it lacks regulation of providers. Insurers' margins are already thin, and they may be restricted from some of the financial games they've been using to improve their balance sheets.

Posted by: bmull | March 9, 2010 10:17 PM | Report abuse

United Health care's CEO salary and benefits totaled over $100 million in 2005. That may be why "profits are thin".

Posted by: Lomillialor | March 10, 2010 6:51 AM | Report abuse

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