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“A study of di­a­betes in over­weight and obese young­sters bears an omi­nous warn­ing about fu­ture health­care trends in this coun­try. … Con­gres­sional Repub­li­cans, mean­while, are bent on dis­man­tling health­care re­forms that could greatly as­sist in curb­ing the obe­sity epi­demic. The Re­pub­li­can-dom­i­nated House last month nar­rowly passed a bill that would elim­i­nate the Preven­tion and Public Health Fund, es­tab­lished un­der the re­form law. ... The fund is al­ready pro­vid­ing grants to state and lo­cal gov­ern­ments to help pay for pro­grams to fight obe­sity and pre­vent chronic dis­eases, in­clud­ing di­a­betes, in the com­mu­nity, the work­place and among mi­nor­ity groups that have high rates of both obe­sity and di­a­betes. Killing off this pro­gram would be hugely costly to Amer­i­cans’ health, and fu­ture health­care costs.”

—New York Times

“This de­bate about na­tional health­care ought to be about the Kirk Care Plan.”

“U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-ill.) on Tues­day re­leased a brief video­tape of his re­cov­ery process from a se­vere stroke. … As a U.S. se­na­tor, Kirk is cov­ered by ex­cel­lent health in­sur­ance. … And Kirk doesn’t have to worry about his job. Un­like the rest of us, who might be fired if we couldn’t re­turn to work at full ca­pac­ity, there’s no pro­vi­sion for re­mov­ing a U.S. se­na­tor from of­fice due to ill health. … This de­bate about na­tional health­care ought to be about the Kirk Care Plan. Kirk could make that point to his Re­pub­li­can col­leagues now bet­ter than any­one else. That would be a trib­ute to the med­i­cal care he has re­ceived and pay­back to the peo­ple who pur­chased it.”

—Phil Kadner, Chicago Sun-times me­dia

“The Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion is play­ing po­lit­i­cal games by dis­tribut­ing un­earned bonus pay­ments. ... The money is help­ing to in­su­late se­niors en­rolled in Medi­care Ad­van­tage plans from see­ing their pre­mi­ums rise or ben­e­fits fall in ad­vance of Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s re-elec­tion bid. In as­sess­ing the more than $8 bil­lion bonus pi­lot pro­gram, the Gov­ern­ment Ac­count­abil­ity Of­fice con­cluded it is a waste of tax­payer money and should be dis­con­tin­ued. ... Bring­ing down health­care costs car­ries a po­lit­i­cal price, and Obama should be will­ing to pay it to fur­ther an es­sen­tial pol­icy goal.” —Tampa Bay Times

(Fla.)

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