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A conglomeration of tax incentives and subsidies masks federal benefits

...Three programs make up most of this "hidden welfare state," as another scholar calls it. The first is employer-based health insurance, which is subsidized by the ability of businesses to deduct some of the costs from their taxes. The second...

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Opinion
Obama health plan will benefit every working American

WASHINGTON - With the U.S. economy's downward spiral still accelerating and the federal government looking at its largest budget deficits since World War II, some are saying that this is not the time to expand health-care coverage to all Americans.

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Consider this cure for what's ailing us

Remember when politicians took their marching orders straight from public opinion polls? There wasn't much suspense to it, but at least we were getting the government we said we wanted.

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Opinion
Alaska faces health care challenges

...worked in a small restaurant. Like many small Alaska businesses, the restaurant could not afford to offer employer-based health insurance. A cardiologist told the young man he likely faced a $200,000 bill. "It was like, what are we going...

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