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“For many of us, be­ing told some­thing is manda­tory is akin to wav­ing a red cape in front of an an­gry bull. Such com­mands trig­ger a re­flex that makes hu­mans want to do the op­po­site. ... So we’re sure when Wilson Med­i­cal Cen­ter told its em­ploy­ees last week that ev­ery­one work­ing at its fa­cil­i­ties was re­quired to get a flu shot, not ev­ery­one was happy about it. But the truth is, re­quir­ing vac­ci­na­tions for these work­ers makes sense. Re­gard­less of whether an em­ployee is a nurse or is a book­keeper, each comes into con­tact with hundreds of peo­ple ev­ery week who then come into con­tact with hundreds of other peo­ple. Let’s face it, hos­pi­tals are full of peo­ple who are sick or are the most vul­ner­a­ble to con­tract­ing an ill­ness. The last thing a hos­pi­tal wants to do is al­low an environment where sick­ness can be eas­ily spread.”

—Wilson (N.C.) Dai­ly­Times “The state’s de­ci­sion to cut the num­ber of free flu vac­cines of­fered this year by half is short-sighted to an ex­treme. The to­tal eco­nomic cost of in­fluenza ev­ery year in the United States is $87.1 bil­lion, with bil­lions in lost pro­duc­tiv­ity in Mas­sachusetts. Cut­ting vac­ci­na­tions would only add to those losses—all to save about $1 mil­lion. The ar­gu­ments ad­vanced by the state to jus­tify this sav­ings—which is spurred by a sim­i­larly mis­guided cut in fed­eral aid for vac­cines—is that most peo­ple do not need free vac­ci­na­tions be­cause they al­ready have health in­sur­ance cov­er­age. This is true, but still leaves some with­out cov­er­age for flu shots.”

—Bos­ton globe “Has Barack Obama ever said any­thing true about health­care? ... Lat­est ex­am­ple: A sur­vey of more than 1,200 large com­pa­nies has found that more than one in 10 ex­pects to can­cel em­ployer-pro­vided health in­sur­ance. Those find­ings re­ca­pit­u­late the re­sults from other stud­ies of busi­nesses large ... and small. ... Once Oba­macare fully kicks in, many say, they will stop pro­vid­ing health cov­er­age for their work­ers. So much for his prom­ise that “if you like your health­care plan, you can keep your

health­care plan. ... Not every­thing the pres­i­dent says is false. But so much is. So very, very much.”

—Rich­mond (Va.) Times-Dis­patch

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