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Entries by Harold Pollack from 02/2008

About those crowded emergency rooms....

| Posted 02.03.2008 | Huffington Post

Three days ago, I posted a letter signed by many health and social policy experts concerning individual mandates. I happily signed because the mandate...

An Open Letter to Paul Krugman

| Posted 02.04.2008 | Politics

I am puzzled by the shrillness of your columns about Obama, and your rather exclusive focus on individual mandates as the litmus test for a progressive politician.

Uniting the Two Americas, and a Remembrance of Tom Lantos

| Posted 02.11.2008 | Politics

Given John Edwards' slashing attacks on Sen. Clinton, one would expect him to endorse Obama or no one. Politics being what it is, one would be foolish to predict.

Release Those Tax Returns and Donor Lists

| Posted 02.12.2008 | Politics

The greatest single risk that Republicans will retain the White House is that Sen. Clinton will win the nomination, only to be brought down by some financial embarrassment involving herself or her husband.

Is There a Future for Private Health Insurers?

| Posted 02.16.2008 | Politics

Even if we could correct these misplaced incentives of private insurers, it seems as though anything beneficial insurers can do could be accomplished better and cheaper by government.

Yes, Obama Has Substance to Match the Charisma Thing

| Posted 02.18.2008 | Politics

If the Obama campaign is a cult, it is a cult that includes a remarkable number of notably ungullible, non-follower-type people.

Lawrence Lessig: Another substantial supporter of Barack Obama

| Posted 02.18.2008 | Huffington Post

Lawrence Lessig is a distinguished legal scholar who has written extensively on intellectual property rights in the information age. He recently poste...

Houston Chronicle endorses Obama, and an overdue question in rocket science

| Posted 02.19.2008 | Huffington Post

The Houston Chronicle wrote a nice endorsement of Barack Obama. This is another Obama endorsement from a key newspaper in a battleground state. Here...

Obama's Legislative Record: Finding the Beef, Courtesy of Helenann

| Posted 02.21.2008 | Politics

My friend has compiled a boatload of valuable information on Obama's work and legislative record, including 570 bills he has sponsored or cosponsored in the U.S. Senate.

Last night's debate: An honorable prospect for Hillary Clinton's exit

| Posted 02.22.2008 | Huffington Post

Last night, we watched a fine debate. Senator Clinton badly needed to hurt Senator Obama. She did not, and so perhaps lost her final chance of the 200...

Genetic discrimination: Misplaced worries, but right argument for health reform

| Posted 02.23.2008 | Huffington Post

Today's New York Times describes how many people are foregoing useful genetic tests out of fear that they will face discrimination from health insurer...

Hillary has a bright future, even if she never becomes president

| Posted 02.23.2008 | Politics

{Apologies to those who find this redundant due to a posting difficulty} Last night, we watched a fine debate. Senator Clinton badly needed to hurt S...

Why Be Sneaky About It? Let's Rig the System Against Presidential Third Parties

| Posted 02.24.2008 | Politics

It's ironic that Ralph Nader, this generation's most prominent critic of corporate privilege, handed the presidency to George W. Bush.

About Those Insurance "Free Riders"

| Posted 02.25.2008 | Politics

The 2008 health reform debate is different from the poisonous debates of the '90s that culminated in welfare reform. It's about us this time, not some stereotyped other.

No, Vaccines Aren't Behind the Rise in Autism

| Posted 02.29.2008 | Healthy Living

Autism spectrum disorders are especially mysterious, varied, and frightening. Spreading debunked rumors will not help anyone here.