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“Can the na­tion af­ford to in­sure all its cit­i­zens? If we don’t get a han­dle on ris­ing health­care costs, the an­swer to that more im­por­tant ques­tion is an em­phatic ‘no.’ And that’s what makes last week’s an­nounce­ment by physi­cians rep­re­sent­ing nine med­i­cal spe­cial­ties so wel­come. The physi­cians have iden­ti­fied 45 spe­cific med­i­cal tests and pro­ce­dures ... which they think are ei­ther overused or mis­used. They are ei­ther un­nec­es­sary, lack­ing ben­e­fits to pa­tients or ... even harm­ful.” —Sacra­mento Bee

(Calif.) “What crit­ics like to call Oba­macare will ei­ther be the rou­tine way Amer­i­cans get health cov­er­age or a his­tor­i­cal foot­note, and the war against it will be largely for­got­ten, along with its of­ten silly, over-the-top claims about non-ex­is­tent ‘death pan­els,’ a gov­ern­ment ‘takeover’ of health­care and—right now—a bat­tle against an ob­scure Medi­care cost­cut­ting board that crit­ics say would neuter Congress and foist ra­tioning or worse on the na­tion’s el­derly … The rea­son it en­gen­ders such heated op­po­si­tion is that like the ‘death pan­els,’ it’s a con­ve­nient ve­hi­cle for scar­ing peo­ple into op­pos­ing health re­form—facts to the con­trary.”

—USA To­day Ac­cord­ing to a Mod­ern Health­care on­line poll, more than 80% of re­spon­dents ex­pect the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down parts of the health­care re­form law or the

en­tire law when the jus­tices rule in June.

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