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Here at NCJC we are for a more efficient and effective health care system to deliver better quality care. Dean Baker today makes the economic argument:

The Wall Street Democrats want to cut spending by reducing benefits under these [social] programs. The “traditional” Democrats want to reduce spending by making the U.S. health care system more efficient. If per person health care costs were the same as in any other wealthy country than the United States would be looking at enormous surpluses in the long-term, not deficits. However, fixing the U.S. health care system would involve reducing the profits of the insurance industry, the pharmaceutical industry and other powerful interest groups in the health care sector. The Wall Street Democrats do not want to hurt these interest groups while the traditional Democrats do.

Mark Binker at the N&R has some nice analysis concerning the video sweepstakes debate.

Meet the new Rove, same as the old Rove: Jonathan Chait on Rove’s “new” ideas for a reworked GOP.

Mark Zandi, chief economist with Moody’s Economy.com and a former adviser to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), said Friday that Congress needs to hurry up and reauthorize expired jobless aid or risk derailing the nascent economic recovery.

And for you few manual transmission wagon enthusiasts out there, boy has VW got a new diesel for you.

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