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Posted at 6:59 PM ET, 02/ 2/2011


By Ezra Klein

Recap: The depressing reality of our health-care debate; the legal fight over the individual mandate is not about liberty; and a surprising poll showing what voters want from Congress over the next two years.


1) The full testimony (pdf) that Charles Fried, Reagan's former solicitor general, gave before the Senate Judiciary Committee during today's hearing on the individual mandate.

2) Jeff Rosen's profile of Anthony Kennedy.

3) The worth of simple models.

4) I'll be traveling a bit over the next two days, so my blogging might be pretty light. Dylan Matthews and The Atlantic's Derek Thompson will be here helping out, though. Be nice to them!

By Ezra Klein  | February 2, 2011; 6:59 PM ET
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At the web's Healing News Network we have suggested for years, and allied with a huge number of others, gaining strength all the time, that it is time for reconciliation regarding Health Care, and how money is spent.

For too long, interests supporting drugs, chemicals, radiation and often unnecessary surgeries get the lion's share of money from health care. Holistic and natural remedies, many known to work as good or better, continue to be shut out of almost ANY funding by this or previous plans, a situation going back since the AMA was established. It is simply not fair, for those of us that prefer NOT to go along with many conventional practices.

For this reason I say Republicans blocked this Health Care package for the wrong reasons, and most Democrats supported it for the wrong reasons. Simply allowing a holistic / natural funding mandate could conceivably save our government $hundreds of billions, simply because these remedies cost much less, yet work great when people accept the discipline to adapt to preventive measures, like simply eating correctly.

Posted by: HealingNews | February 2, 2011 9:08 PM | Report abuse


I just got the new issue of Consumer Reports. It has a large survey of doctors. Here's a very powerful quote:

"Physicians said the sheer volume of insurance paperwork was number one on the list of things that interfere with their ability to provide optimal care."

Wow! A severe flaw with our fragmented current system that plummets in a single payer system.

Posted by: RichardHSerlin | February 2, 2011 10:19 PM | Report abuse

You do your best to keep your children healthy, but sickness and accidents are a part of life. Getting health insurance for your children gives you peace of mind knowing they have health coverage when they need it. Search one the web "Wise Health Insurance" for kids they are the best.

Posted by: dichack | February 4, 2011 1:37 AM | Report abuse

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