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Ezra Klein makes his call TKTK: I think health reform is going to go the way of stimulus. The stimulus was a huge and important accomplishment. If you had told liberals in 2007 that they were going to pass an $800 billion dollar spending bill that made good on decades of promises about infrastructure rebuilding…

I can’t claim to be ‘objective’ or neutral on health-care reform — but who can? Everybody needs health care, some more than others. I need it less than most, as my family and I are, knock on wood, generally blessed with good health. Even so, we laid out $18K last year for health care, still…

A key component of health-care reform — and saving our ass from going bankrupt and sick from spending too much on lousy treatments — is establishing comparative effectiveness measures, otherwise known as “actually knowing WTF works and what doesn’t.” This idea terrifies companies who don’t want such objective measures. It also generates a lot of…

SciAm ponders evidence that fish hatcheries are watering down the trout and salmon gene pool. Matt Yglesias looks at one of many lies being told by those opposing health-care reform — confirming Salon’s prediction that the opponents of reform are not going to play nice. See also The American Prospect on How Big Pharma Intends…

via Ezra Klein comes this bottom-line chart from the Center for Economic and Policy Research: That orange line headed heaven-ward? That’s our deficit. All those other lines dipping down? That’s our deficit if we had the same health care spending per person as France, Germany, Canada, and the UK (all countries, incidentally, with higher life…

Ezra Klein thinks the stars — and the forces — are so far lining up much more promisingly than in 1994: The opponents of health reform are, at this juncture, entirely isolated. Industry is adopting an attitude of relentless positivity. Republicans are grudgingly attempting to appear cooperative. The only straight opposition is coming, as Maddow…

As I’ve noted before, the U.S.’s health-care and education systems share some fundamental flaws: In both medical care and schooling we spend far more than other countries and get substandard results; in both cases, the overspending and poor results occur partly because our decentralized “systems” mean everyone does and measures everything differently, so you can’t…

This report on Olympia Snowe’s position suggests he might (if he doesn’t get too many Democratic defectors). Snowe’s importance to Obama’s agenda was made clear in her support of the stimulus package — she was one of 3 GOP senators whose support allowed the bill to go through. It appears she supports substantive action on…

“Primates on Facebook” — “Even online, the neocortex is the limit” to how many people we can really have as friends. People who use more textual shortcuts (lk whn they txt in skl) when texting have higher reading skills. The coverage seems to assume this is causal, but it’s almost surely just an association —…

Ezra Klein reviews Obama’s handling of yesterday’s health summit — a piece well worth reading for a taste of how sharply focused and serious Obama is about truly comprehensive health-care reform. Karen Tumlty, a health-care expert, describes in Time her own family’s grueling wrestling match with the health-insurance industry. A timely story — no pun…