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Unions and Free Market Activists Find Common Cause on Health Care, For Now
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Unions and Free Market Activists Find Common Cause on Health Care, For Now

President Obama has stepped up his rhetoric against the health care system, but fiscal deficiencies in his plan for a government take over have become increasingly apparent in recent weeks. Now, some on Capitol Hill are toying with the idea of taxing employee health benefits to subsidize the cost of government-provided care. But, as Americans learned during the collapse of GM, many union labor agreements provide extremely generous benefit packages to workers who are unlikely to support any proposal that might put their compensation at risk.

07/02/2009
Unsettling Science in the Health Care Debate
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Unsettling Science in the Health Care Debate

Settled science rarely is. Except to those with a vested policy interest in the debate. True to form, a recent diatribe by Michael F. Jacobson of the Center for Science in the Public Interest acknowledges none of the widely available data that conflict with his passionate crusade against table salt. However, to a debate that has endured for decades, Jacobson does bring a modern twist:

06/11/2009
Prelude to ObamaCare
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Prelude to ObamaCare

Without intending to, today's New York Times exposes the inherent problems with government rationed health care services, with lobbyists jockeying for advantage in the Medicare reimbursement game.  Already a dominant purchaser of health services, Medicare has created a shortage of primary physicians by cutting reimbursements.  Now imagine a world where all Americans are herded into Medicare....  Infinite demand for free services, skyrocketing costs, and some Grey Suited Soviet with a clip board determining if the medical procedure you need to live is worth the cost to the Treasury.

04/27/2009
CSE Speaks Out Against Medicare Expansion
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CSE Speaks Out Against Medicare Expansion

Max Pappas speaks on CSE’s behalf against the Medicare bill at a coalition press conference on Capitol Hill. CSE opposed the expansion of Medicare for a number of reasons, including concerns about the program's financial sustainability and questions about the effectiveness of the massive new drug subsidies.

01/27/2004
CSE Speaks Out Against Medicare Expansion
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CSE Speaks Out Against Medicare Expansion

Max Pappas speaks on CSE’s behalf against the Medicare bill at a coalition press conference on Capitol Hill. CSE opposed the expansion of Medicare for a number of reasons, including concerns about the program's financial sustainability and questions about the effectiveness of the massive new drug subsidies.

01/27/2004
Max Pappas: Medicare radio interview in Hartford
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Max Pappas: Medicare radio interview in Hartford

Charlie Profit of 990 WXCT-Hartford, CT...I just had a 20 minute interview with him on the Medicare bill. I had a chance to plug cse.org 3 or 4 times, and gave out the 1-888 number after he generously asked what people could do.

12/15/2003
The Medicare Morass: Many seniors upset about changes to federal program
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The Medicare Morass: Many seniors upset about changes to federal program

BY DAVID BATES

Alan Meyer followed news reports, wrote letters to newspapers and made sure that Sens. Ron Wyden, Gordon Smith and Rep. David Wu all knew what he thought of the Medicare legislation Oregon's congressional delegation was about to vote on. Then, after lawmakers approved the Medicare bill the week before Thanksgiving and President Bush signed it Monday, the Newberg retiree threw up his arms. Then he threw out his AARP membership card, angry that the nation's largest lobbying group for the elderly had endorsed the package.

12/14/2003
Max Pappas: Medicare Radio Interview in St. Louis
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Max Pappas: Medicare Radio Interview in St. Louis

I just finished a forty minute interview on WGNU-St. Louis, DriveTime Live with Susan Smith-Harmon and Nick Kasoff. We talked about the Medicare bill and they gave me plenty of opportunities to talk about the need to bring market forces to bear on the provision of health care. There were several phone calls.

12/12/2003
Nightly Business Report
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Nightly Business Report

BY Paul Kangas, Susie Gharib

PAUL KANGAS, NIGHTLY BUSINESS REPORT ANCHOR: The blue chips close at their highest point this year as investors bet the Federal Reserve will keep interest rates at their lowest level in years. The Dow gains more than 102 points. The NASDAQ closes up 11. SUSIE GHARIB, NIGHTLY BUSINESS REPORT ANCHOR: The new Medicare bill is now the law of the land. President Bush signs the landmark measure, calling it the greatest advance in health care since the program began. But opponents are calling it a hoax.

12/08/2003
Chuck Hagel: This measure will not strengthen Medicare
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Chuck Hagel: This measure will not strengthen Medicare

This op-ed was originally published on Wednesday, November 26, 2003, in the Omaha World Herald. The writer, a Republican, is Nebraska's senior U.S. senator. I voted against the Medicare reform bill because it will not strengthen Medicare and does not responsibly address the need for prescription drug coverage. It will add trillions of dollars onto Medicare's current $13.5 trillion in unfunded liabilities for future generations. I voted against this for reasons different from those of many of my Democratic colleagues.

12/03/2003

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