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Two casualties of American healthcare


Last updated 10/4/2007 at Noon

One is of national prominence; the other is personal. This week an old friend died. Well, he wasn’t that old…mid-50s. He couldn’t afford health insurance so he didn’t have regular check-ups, and when he had chest pains, he didn’t see a doctor and was hit with a fatal heart attack. There’s nothing newsworthy here. It happens all the time.

The second story is big news: the UAW striking GM. Neither side can afford it. One of the big issues is healthcare. Medical insurance adds $1,500 to each car. At this point, even many in big business are behind a national health plan. The added...

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