Today's Columns: Rudy the Federalist

LAT: Ronald Brownstein argues that Rudy Giuliani's support for federalism on such issues as abortion and gay rights "casts him as a peacemaker on the social issues that have divided the nation since the 1960s." He writes that "federalism serves Giuliani's political interests because it allows him to reconcile his generally moderate social views with his socially conservative party. But he's also right that federalism can serve society's interests by allowing 'a lot of room for difference' in a diverse country".... Senay Ozdemir explains how the rise of the conservative AKP Party in Turkey has actually expanded women's rights in the country: "Religious women may not be associated with feminism, but they now use the same laws to gain access to schools, universities and the media. Even if they wear head scarves, shouldn't we encourage them in these pursuits? Aren't religious women allowed to be ambitious? Isn't that pure democracy?"

Plus ... Nick Street on why meditation in schools "is not a religious practice that raises any church-state issues."

NYT: Joshua Rosner explains the steps the U.S. government could take to reverse the subprime housing crisis. Among his suggestions, he writes that the " Securities and Exchange Commission, working with Congress if necessary, should require the credit rating agencies to regularly review and re-rate debt securities."

Plus ... Maureen Dowd on how George W. Bush may have turned her Republican sister into a Democrat.

WaPo: Regina Herzlinger accuses the American Medical Association of "killing" the U.S. medical system. While the "AMA engages in trivial turf warfare, physicians are increasingly forced to become salaried employees of hospitals and insurers and are constrained by recipes for the practice of medicine that are cooked up by government and insurance company bureaucrats," Herzlinger writes.... Robert Samuelson argues that "Prius Politics" is mostly "about showing off, not curbing greenhouse gas emissions".... Suki Kim asks why South Korea is reinventing itself as an evangelical Christian nation.

WSJ: Esther Dyson explains why she is posting her genome and medical records on the Internet. "I believe that the broader spread of this kind of medical and personal information is inevitable," she writes. "Greater knowledge implies greater responsibility, in so many spheres. It's fine not to take actions when you don't know the consequences, but when you do know the consequences, both action and inaction are a decision."

Plus ... Steve Forbes on why Congress would be foolish to raise taxes on private-equity companies.

By Rob Anderson |  July 25, 2007; 9:06 AM ET
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The very idea that some of the Republicans who are very subservient to the Republican Party and President Bush are at it again trying to convince the American people that their wrong-headed Medical Liability Reform proposal is good for the patients, doctors, hospitals, and others is being propagandizing through a campaign in the media and on the internet by Protect Patients Now is luncy and not good for patient.

Meredith Kilgore of the University of Alabama compared various medical reform measures and claims he found that placing reasonable limits on non-economical damages was particularly effective, reducing medical liability premiums by 17.3 percent to 25.5 percent is in my opinion streaching the numbers and it seems he is a very partisan and on the wrong side of this issue. Then there is David Hyman of the University of Illinois College of Law supposely found that 43 percent of all expenses are eaten up by legal fees to which he explains is an enormously unfair way to resolve grievances, unless you happen to be a personally injury lawyer that the current legal system actually improves safety, and points out that there is scarce data to support that claim. What in the world have these people been smoking, sniffing, and drinking? They seem to me that they are in their own little world of Republicanism and subservient to to the " Decider " and the Republican Party agenda and their misguided corrupt philosophy thats causing Americans to be hurt, maimed, and killed. The big picture is that Republican's Medical Liability Reform proposal is fill with distortions, lies, and utter nonsense, and they are again up to the same old dirty tricks reminiscent of the Richard Nixon era. These Republicans especially in the so-called "red states" seems the insurance Commissioners and Supertindents recently approved a so-called 14 percent increase in the rates companies can charge doctors, saying it was necessary to prevent " an irreversibe crisis". This is nothing more than the same old lying, decietful, wrongful, and spiteful crap that these corrupt Republicans again want to impose upon the American people. The Republicans have ruined our labor unions, stole money from the citizens, and have caused great pain and misery to the American people for too many years, it is time for the American people to put a stop to this Republican madness.

The corrupt State Insurance Superintendents and commissioners say they now face " the worst of both worlds", physicians who cannot afford to practice medicine and insurers whose finanical condition is rapidly eroding. This is wrong-headed and demagoguery at best and deciectfulness, if a doctor can afford to become a doctor he must know he must follow normal and prudent procedures and before he becomes a doctor he should realize that insurance premiums are very high and should take in consideration and plan ahead for this fact, and have instilled within himself to follow the rules and norms of being a doctor or he will face the consquences of his actions of malpractice in a very costly law suit and face justice at the bar like all other Americans.

The doctors, lawyers, administrators, and others own most all the pharmaceutical companies in which are charging the American huge amounts of money for so little service and cures unless you happen to be one of these freeloaders elite rich and corrupt Republicans who game the system and crowd out the poorer folks. Doctors, hospitals and other medical facilities are suppose to follow the norms of the medical field and patient safety should be of the up most of concern . Malfeasance by poor doctors are one the causes of high insurance premiums, and the state insurance Supertindents and Commissioners and others are another reason for high insurance premiums not the sick patients. Most doctors and people in the medical field love their profession, but there are a few just like in any profession are nothing but crooks, flim-flam artist, and corrupt individuals out to make a quick buck , and negligent with patients safety and their health effect the good doctors adversely, and give rise to high cost insurance premiums to all in the medical field.

Patients should write or e-mail their Congress Representatives and Senators about this ill conceived campaign that " Protect Patients Now" and the Republican party is putting out over the internet and other media hoping that it will attract voters and once again pull a scam upon the American people. These Republicans say that limits on law suits draw professional from across the nation, but in reality I believe and I would think that our constitutional right to sue and access to a fair jury and just judge should not be infringed upon. This Republican elitist propaganda in the media and on the internet and other outlets is just another slick-trick to put Republicans back in the majority in Congress and win the Presidency and keep them there as long as they stay subservient to the party and who will do exactly what they are told to do. This Republican elite rich and corrupt propaganda I hope does not pan out for them as it has in the near past. Democrats should stay in the face of these corrupt people and those who have done wrong should be brought to the bar of justice and justice served upon those found guilty of wrong doing and let the free market work its will. William in Alabama.


Posted by: William in Alabama | July 26, 2007 03:33 AM


The very idea that some of the Republicans who are very subservient to the Republican Party and President Bush are at it again trying to convince the American people that their wrong-headed Medical Liability Reform proposal is good for the patients, doctors, hospitals, and others is being propagandizing through a campaign in the media and on the internet by Protect Patients Now is luncy and not good for patient.

Meredith Kilgore of the University of Alabama compared various medical reform measures and claims he found that placing reasonable limits on non-economical damages was particularly effective, reducing medical liability premiums by 17.3 percent to 25.5 percent is in my opinion streaching the numbers and it seems he is a very partisan and on the wrong side of this issue. Then there is David Hyman of the University of Illinois College of Law supposely found that 43 percent of all expenses are eaten up by legal fees to which he explains is an enormously unfair way to resolve grievances, unless you happen to be a personally injury lawyer that the current legal system actually improves safety, and points out that there is scarce data to support that claim. What in the world have these people been smoking, sniffing, and drinking? They seem to me that they are in their own little world of Republicanism and subservient to to the " Decider " and the Republican Party agenda and their misguided corrupt philosophy thats causing Americans to be hurt, maimed, and killed. The big picture is that Republican's Medical Liability Reform proposal is fill with distortions, lies, and utter nonsense, and they are again up to the same old dirty tricks reminiscent of the Richard Nixon era. These Republicans especially in the so-called "red states" seems the insurance Commissioners and Supertindents recently approved a so-called 14 percent increase in the rates companies can charge doctors, saying it was necessary to prevent " an irreversibe crisis". This is nothing more than the same old lying, decietful, wrongful, and spiteful crap that these corrupt Republicans again want to impose upon the American people. The Republicans have ruined our labor unions, stole money from the citizens, and have caused great pain and misery to the American people for too many years, it is time for the American people to put a stop to this Republican madness.

The corrupt State Insurance Superintendents and commissioners say they now face " the worst of both worlds", physicians who cannot afford to practice medicine and insurers whose finanical condition is rapidly eroding. This is wrong-headed and demagoguery at best and deciectfulness, if a doctor can afford to become a doctor he must know he must follow normal and prudent procedures and before he becomes a doctor he should realize that insurance premiums are very high and should take in consideration and plan ahead for this fact, and have instilled within himself to follow the rules and norms of being a doctor or he will face the consquences of his actions of malpractice in a very costly law suit and face justice at the bar like all other Americans.

The doctors, lawyers, administrators, and others own most all the pharmaceutical companies in which are charging the American huge amounts of money for so little service and cures unless you happen to be one of these freeloaders elite rich and corrupt Republicans who game the system and crowd out the poorer folks. Doctors, hospitals and other medical facilities are suppose to follow the norms of the medical field and patient safety should be of the up most of concern . Malfeasance by poor doctors are one the causes of high insurance premiums, and the state insurance Supertindents and Commissioners and others are another reason for high insurance premiums not the sick patients. Most doctors and people in the medical field love their profession, but there are a few just like in any profession are nothing but crooks, flim-flam artist, and corrupt individuals out to make a quick buck , and negligent with patients safety and their health effect the good doctors adversely, and give rise to high cost insurance premiums to all in the medical field.

Patients should write or e-mail their Congress Representatives and Senators about this ill conceived campaign that " Protect Patients Now" and the Republican party is putting out over the internet and other media hoping that it will attract voters and once again pull a scam upon the American people. These Republicans say that limits on law suits draw professional from across the nation, but in reality I believe and I would think that our constitutional right to sue and access to a fair jury and just judge should not be infringed upon. This Republican elitist propaganda in the media and on the internet and other outlets is just another slick-trick to put Republicans back in the majority in Congress and win the Presidency and keep them there as long as they stay subservient to the party and who will do exactly what they are told to do. This Republican elite rich and corrupt propaganda I hope does not pan out for them as it has in the near past. Democrats should stay in the face of these corrupt people and those who have done wrong should be brought to the bar of justice and justice served upon those found guilty of wrong doing and let the free market work its will. William in Alabama.


Posted by: William in Alabama | July 26, 2007 03:33 AM

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