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The Thursday the Senate stood still

I don’t know how to analyze bias in reporting but, there’s very little talk of “health care” in this New York times piece: A “Holy War” says Orrin G. Hatch regarding the news that Harry Reid has merged the two Senate plans ::

Democrats expressed confidence that they would have the votes needed to move forward when the legislation hits its first test in the Senate, probably later this week. To get past that first procedural hurdle, Mr. Reid will need the votes of all 58 Democratic senators and the two independents aligned with them.
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Republicans have vowed to fight the legislation at every turn, saying it represents a dangerous expansion in the role of government that would increase taxes and insurance costs for millions of people. “It’s going to be a holy war,” said Senator Orrin G. Hatch, Republican of Utah.

Oh, and it’s got a name now the , “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.” And (to “save money”) it mostly doesn’t go into effect until 2014.

For the actual details of the bill, check out Ezra Klein’s blog: the full bill, a short summary & a list of stuff that happens right away.

In the (I guess) better-late-than-never department, Michael Moore says, “Democrats’ healthcare bill is giveaway to insurance industry

 


Maybe the tests DO give too many false positives. But, wouldn’t it be better to push for more accurate tests than to tell women to stop getting them? Or to tell women to keep getting them but, don’t take them too seriously? Or wait — don’t take the Panel’s advice too seriously. . . Nevermind.

 

 


As demand rises, libraries shut their doors:

 

The recession has swept in a wave of out-of-work residents looking for online job listings, Internet access to fill out unemployment applications, and help with their resumes.

“You can’t keep a DVD on the shelf,” she said. “Families can’t afford Netflix. And many people don’t buy their books anymore — they use the library.”

Kim Bui-Burton, president of the California Library Assn., described conditions as “extraordinarily difficult.” Never lavishly funded, libraries started to falter with last year’s credit and mortgage disasters. Now, she said, they are being battered by deep state and local cuts.

In Ventura, the H.P. Wright Library is the city’s most heavily used branch, Griffin said. But it’s one-third the size of the main library downtown and the county can no longer afford to keep it open.

 


Huge (32% !!!) rise in fees for University of California students sparks rage:

 

Students, furious at the increase that will bring their yearly fees above $10,000 for the first time, rushed the UCLA building where the regents were meeting, throwing food, sticks and vinegar-soaked red bandannas meant to look like blood.

UC police arrested 14 people for disrupting the meeting and resisting arrest.

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