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News, The Snitch S.F. Not the Welfare State of Conservative Nightmares, <i>New York Times</i> Finds

S.F. Not the Welfare State of Conservative Nightmares, New York Times Finds

San Francisco is a favorite punching bag of right-wing provocateurs who decry it as a West Coast bastion of European-style socialism. (Whatever that might be.) Sadly, even some of our city's local journalists buy into the pat image of San…
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News, Matt Smith Government lets fraudulent drug companies deal with Medicare

Government lets fraudulent drug companies deal with Medicare

Seven years ago, Lee Chartock, a psychiatrist in South Weymouth, Mass., got a visit from a drug saleswoman offering to pay his expenses to an "advisory meeting" in Boca Raton, Fla. There, hucksters encouraged him and other attendees to prescribe…
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Whose Dole Is It, Anyway?

Unauthorized immigrants make up just more than 3 percent of the U.S. population, But they're accused of sucking up public benefits and dodging taxes. Illegal aliens are tax dodgers. That's one of the most shocking findings of FAIR's most recent…
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News, The Snitch 'Truth' Takes Back Seat in Health Care Debate

'Truth' Takes Back Seat in Health Care Debate

Health care, undoubtedly, is the subject du jour. We are in the midst of a crescendo of health care coverage so overpowering and unrelenting -- well, it could make you sick. But are we learning anything via the nonstop written…
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Sutter's Giant Sucking Sound

On a chilly December morning in the bowels of the California State Capitol in Sacramento, an unusually large crowd files into a hearing that promises to be about as entertaining as reading the federal tax code. The stated purpose of…
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Pinstriped Medicine

It all started in Palm Springs in April 1995 at a meeting of the California Business Higher Education Forum. The group joins captains of business with top university officials to thrash out current and future affairs. The topic on this…
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Visiting Nurses Recover... Following four months of triage and therapy, Visiting Nurses & Hospice (VNH) -- an arm of California Pacific Medical Center and the largest provider of visiting nurses in the city -- seems to be recovering from federal…
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In Sickness and in Wealth

Diagnosis: budget atrophy -- a degenerative disorder of the coffers. It often leads to merger fever, which is extremely contagious and has spread through most of the hospitals in the Bay Area. There is no antidote. Experts say it has…
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By Any Means Necessary I don't like thinking about abortion and the struggle for reproductive freedom as a "war," although that is essentially what it has become ("The War Womb," June 21). We struggle to pass laws protecting clinics, only…
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Why Medi-Cal Makes Doctors Sick

Rosa, 18 years old and 13 weeks pregnant, applied for Medi-Cal but wasn't accepted into the program until 21 weeks later, precariously close to her due date. Not only did Medi-Cal's cumbersome paperwork present a challenge, but Rosa (not her…
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