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Summary: Health Care Reform: Week of August 8

7 New Items including:

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  • Robust Public Option Health Care Bill with 121 Co-Sponsors Introduced in Congress
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  • New Republican Genius Plan: Defund Suddenly Popular Health Care Bill!
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David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

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RJ Matson

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Robust Public Option Health Care Bill with 121 Co-Sponsors Introduced in Congress, Sahil Kapur, Raw Story

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  • Bill offers consumers a choice between pricey private health plans and a "robust" public plan in the health insurance exchanges set up by the law.
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  • Obama’s Health Care Bill Is Enough to Make You Sick
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Obama’s Health Care Bill Is Enough to Make You Sick, Chris Hedges, TruthDig

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  • The new health care legislation not only mocks the lofty promises made by President Barack Obama, exposing most as lies, but sadly reconfirms that our nation is hostage to unchecked corporate greed and abuse.
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  • The dizzying array of technical loopholes in the bill—written in by armies of insurance and pharmaceutical lobbyists—means that these companies, which profit off human sickness, suffering and death, can continue their grim game of trading away human life for money.
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Abortion foes win a round in health overhaul, Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press, in Google

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  • "We didn't expect that women would be treated differently here with regard to the high-risk insurance pool," said Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-choice America. "This is inexplicable and wrongheaded to us, and it puts women's lives in jeopardy."
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  • Health care reform must not be used as an excuse for right wing extremists to roll back abortion rights
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  • Abortion War Heats Up In The States
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New Republican Genius Plan: Defund Suddenly Popular Health Care Bill! Wonkette

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  • The Republican leadership is practically cackling with glee at the prospect of reducing the health care law to “swiss cheese” by not paying for stuff.
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  • Starve the Beast
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Health Centers Save Billions, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
Senator Bernie Sanders provision in the new national health care law will double the number of centers providing affordable primary care, dental care, mental-health counseling and low-cost prescription drugs.

Even in Waning Days, Pawlenty Pushes Away Federal Life Raft, Senta Knuth, Minnesota 2020
By not opting into early Medicaid expansion, Minnesota would face increased uncompensated care costs — which totaled $268 million in 2008 — as the number of uninsured in Minnesota and health care costs continue to rise. Recently, the Minnesota Department of Health ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­estimated that by 2014, Minnesota will spend 52% more on health care in 2014 than in 2008. As this spending skyrockets, so will the hidden tax on the insured.

Is Health Care Reform Constitutional? Sallie Sanford, Jurist
Although challenges to the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are valuable for inspiring dialogue within and outside the legal community, they are unlikely to succeed in the face of decades of Supreme Court case law.