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The Seattle Post-Intelligencer’s reader blog has a great entry by a college-educated working individual who wonders how people making twice the minimum wage can afford health benefits for the entire family — even if the employer foots part of the bill.

Politico assesses the brain power behind McCain and Obama’s health plans.

Senators discussed this week draft legislation that would encourage more disclosure of health care costs to workers. "As long as people are insulated from the cost and just think someone
else is paying for it, then it’s easy to overlook expenses," Sen. Grassley
said. "But once they realize they themselves are paying for it, it
should spark a genuine conversation about what to do."

Health Partners published on its Website the prices for 83 procedures at its network primary care and radiology facilities in Minnesota’s seven-county metro area.

A British woman is fighting in the courts to use the sperm of her husband who died unexpectedly in the hospital last year following a routine operation. The law currently says sperm can only be used with consent for the donor. (They have laws for this stuff? Wow.)

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“As long as people are insulated from the cost and just think someone else is paying for it, then it’s easy to overlook expenses,” Grassley said. “But once they realize they themselves are paying for it, it should spark a genuine conversation about what to do.” Yeah, like, say, don’t have that cancer removed. Never mind that skipping heart. Tighten your belt, slacker. You don’t feel that bad. Advil will take care of the pain. Aspirin will protect your heart. So let me see how this works. Destroy people’s lives, then they’ll have a conversation about it. At your house,… Read more »