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“We were dis­turbed to learn that health­care work­ers shunned the swine flu vac­cine in droves. ... They, of all peo­ple, should know how im­por­tant it is for them to get vac­ci­nated—and that the risk of se­ri­ous side ef­fects is neg­li­gi­ble. ... Many health work­ers re­mained in­dif­fer­ent or hos­tile. ... Med­i­cal per­son­nel need to get vac­ci­nated for two rea­sons be­yond pro­tect­ing them­selves and their fam­i­lies. If they be­come ill, they will be un­able to work at a time when their in­sti­tu­tions most need them. And those who have di­rect con­tact with pa­tients es­pe­cially need im­mu­niza­tion lest they spread ill­ness and death among al­ready vul­ner­a­ble sick peo­ple.”

—New York Times “To one out­side the par­ti­san and ide­o­log­i­cal wars, charges of rad­i­cal­ism, so­cial­ism, re­treat and sur­ren­der are, frankly, bizarre. The Democrats’ health-re­form plan in­cludes no pub­lic op­tion and re­lies on man­aged com­pe­ti­tion through ex­changes set up much like those for fed­eral em­ploy­ees. The in­di­vid­ual man­date in the plan sprang from a Her­itage Foun­da­tion idea that was en­dorsed years ago by a range of con­ser­va­tives and pro­vided the back­bone of the Mas­sachusetts plan that was crafted and, un­til re­cently, heartily de­fended by Mitt Rom­ney. It would be fair to de­scribe the new act as Rom­n­ey­care crossed with the man­aged-com­pe­ti­tion bill pro­posed in 1994 by Repub­li­can Sens. John Chafee, David Duren­berger, Charles Grass­ley and Bob Dole—in other words, as a moderate Repub­li­can plan.” —Nor­man J. Orn­stein of the Amer­i­can En­ter­prise In­sti­tute in the Wash­ing­ton Post “Michi­gan has a sig­nif­i­cant ad­van­tage in com­pet­ing for de­vel­op­ment with other states—very good health­care fa­cil­i­ties. A pro­posal by the Henry Ford Hospi­tal sys­tem to spend $500 mil­lion to up­grade its Detroit head­quar­ters, cou­pled with plans by the prospec­tive new owner of the Detroit Med­i­cal Cen­ter to in­vest mil­lions in the DMC com­plex of hos­pi­tals, could bol­ster Detroit as a des­ti­na­tion for med­i­cal ex­cel­lence. … With the re­struc­tur­ing go­ing on in the do­mes­tic auto in­dus­try, Detroit and Michi­gan need to think about re­mak­ing them­selves, and an at­tempt to cap­i­tal­ize on such ex­ist­ing strengths as the re­gion’s health­care fa­cil­i­ties is a wor­thy ef­fort.”


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