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Entries by Harold Pollack from 09/2008

Don't Let a Tough Campaign Mess with Your Head -- Cases in Point: The Palin Pregnancies

| Posted 09.01.2008 | Politics

Every moment we spend on personal issues distracts attention from Palin's odd or nonexistent views on key policy issues.

News About This HIV Thing, When We're Done Discussing the Governor's Cool Eyeglasses

| Posted 09.11.2008 | Healthy Living

Is Sarah Palin's grandchild a boy or a girl? I wonder where she gets those eyeglasses? I was meaning to ask about something else....Oh yeah. What's happening to the HIV epidemic in the US?

A Terrible Day for the Economy, But a Great Day to Note the Social Security Noncrisis

| Posted 09.15.2008 | Business

Whatever you may hear, the system is in remarkably good shape these days, even as everything else seems headed to hell in a hand basket. Today is a great day to remember how terrific Social Security really is.

You Won't Believe this One: McCain on Making Healthcare More Like Banking

| Posted 09.19.2008 | Politics

Given the events of the past two weeks, Senator McCain may have discovered the shortest path to national health insurance.

"Get sick and get out." The travesty of medical foreclosures and bankruptcies

| Posted 09.20.2008 | Huffington Post

Today's news describes yet another study noting how often illness and medical expenses drive people into financial hardship. Researchers surveyed 128 ...

Apologies for being sick, and other weekend stories

| Posted 09.22.2008 | Huffington Post

In the 1970s, people began quoting bromides of the sort: "a conservative is a liberal who has been mugged." This wasn't logical or nice--not least fo...

A pleasing Obama victory. Can we talk about the world again before November 4?

| Posted 09.27.2008 | Huffington Post

I sat down prepared to explain why my guy won tonight's debate. On the economy, he showed a command of both national policy issues and the everyday ma...

A(nother) Beautiful Child is Killed: What Should We Do With Her Murderers?

| Posted 09.28.2008 | Chicago

I've seen nothing to suggest that we accomplish much by brutalizing the small and troubled people who commit atrocities. Killing these four gang bangers who murdered Nequiel Fowler does nothing to honor or memorialize this beautiful child.

Rabbi Calls Out From the Shtetl: "Raise Medicaid Reimbursement Rates"

| Posted 09.30.2008 | Healthy Living

Even for secularist me, Rosh Hashana packs surprising power. I use the season to resolve old debts and squabbles and note my recent accomplishments and failings.