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The GOP’s government-run tax-and-spend health-care program

Republican leaders in the Senate on Monday asked the top actuary at the Health and Human Services Department for a cost analysis of the Democrats’ health-care reform proposal. That would be exactly as dry as it sounds except for this: the actuary, Richard Foster, is the very same official muzzled by the Bush administration in 2003 when Democrats asked for a similar examination of Medicare’s prescription drug benefit — an unfunded initiative that Republicans rammed through Congress in order to solidify the seniors’ vote in the run-up to the 2004 elections.

During reform debate, senators still accepting mega industry cash

It should come as no surprise that health care companies, executives and lobbyists would target their political donations to the lawmakers who will guide...
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