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Wednesday, July 2, 2008 - 2:36pm

Came across my notes from a December 2001 conference I attended where various national health policy leaders spoke to members of the California Association of Public Hospitals. 


It was the darkly nervous days after 9/11. The conference's most pointed presenter was Dr. David Himmelstein, who is still professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and backer of a single-payer universal coverage health system.


I wondered, were his insights accurate as I jotted them back then, and what about seven years later?



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Tuesday, July 1, 2008 - 9:57am

Respect and ridicule are never dispensed equally. Just ask "The Big Five" who are trying to hash out an already-overdue California budget that has a $15.2 billion hole, and growing.

The Sacramento Bee threw some pretty sharp elbows in its July 1 coverage of the budget huddlers and the potentially disastrous impact they might wreak on state health care.

Reporter Kevin Yamamura called The Big Five "one of the least experienced teams ever." Here a few culls from his assessments:


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Monday, June 30, 2008 - 10:33am

Pity -- or praise -- the residents of New York City, my old hometown. As Californians are legally mandated to learn the wonders of "hands free" phone use while driving, the Big Apple is nuking trans fat in nearly all prepared food.


The full T-F ban takes effect July 1, with a 3-month grace period before chefs will be flogged with hefty ($2,000) fines for concocting anything with the tasty, artery-clogging substance.


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Sunday, June 29, 2008 - 4:21pm

Amazing laws that are still on the books in various states that do not make much sense:


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Thursday, June 26, 2008 - 4:57pm

Well, it's time to get serious about cooling off and for many of us that means the challenge of selecting just the right bathing suit! Never fear, there's the Skineez "shapewear" that apparently has a moisturizing and trimming feature to it. Macy's began carrying them this week (6/23/08).