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Friday, December 4, 2009

Health Care Update

Anyone who says we can't afford health care reform is a lying Republican.  (Forgive the redundancy, please.)

Here are the facts, from the CBO to you, via Krugman and Yglesias.

And here is Aetna forcing customers away to enhance the bottom line.

Do you see the fundamental and unavoidable conflict between patient service and the profit motive?  For-profit insurance companies bring nothing to the party, and skim away financial resources.

Chart by Johnathon Gruber, as used by Yglesias and Krugman.


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