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Wrong Way on Health ‘Reform’Washington Post | President Obama is selling his health care initiative as a way to control runaway medical spending, but Robert Samuelson says the result is more likely to be even more medical spending.
The WordsmithNew York Times Magazine | For a preview of the rhetorical tactics likely to be deployed in the brewing battle over health care, see this interview with political pollster Frank Luntz. For Luntz, the effectiveness of an attack line seems to be the charm, and its truth – or lack thereof – seems beside the point.
Flu Onset Exposed Supply ProblemsBoston Globe | The arrival of swine flu in the United States exposed shortcomings in the medical supply chain that could pose bigger problems if a deadlier strain returns in the fall.
US Cities May Have to Be Bulldozed in Order to SurviveDaily Telegraph | Dozens of U.S. cities may have entire neighborhoods bulldozed as part of drastic “shrink to survive” proposals being considered by the Obama administration to tackle economic decline, a British newspaper reports. Or did I read that in The Onion?