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As President Obama continues to garner support for his healthcare reform plan, ScienceBloggers are also taking a look at the issues in play. Peter Lipson of White Coat Underground investigates the perception that centralized, salary-based medicine is more efficient than a system based on private practice. Revere of Effect Measure discusses the dangerous tendency to eliminate all reserve capacity–spare hospital beds–in order to cut costs. Mike the Mad Biologist argues against what he calls a mislabeled “centrist” position on reform. And Razib of Gene Expression presents a glimpse of what healthcare was like under Turkmenistan’s notorious dictator, Saparmurat Niyazov.