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Mergers, doubt sparked by ACA, changing health care economics
This week’s news that the Jameson Health System in New Castle intends to merge with the Pittsburgh-based health care giant, UPMC, came on the same day as a story in the New York Times reporting that the Federal Trade Commission is challenging some hospital mergers on the grounds that consumers will be hurt by increased industry consolidation.
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VA should move carefully, but move now on hospital
Finally, that fishy smell is lifting from Deshon Woods site in Butler Township, nearly a year and a half after a federal indictment involving the property’s owner put the brakes on a $70 million contract to build a VA medical center there.
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The Treasury Department this past Thursday released its monthly statement of the federal government’s receipts and outlays. Tax revenues in August were $194 billion. Federal spending was $323 billion. Altogether, that amounted to a shortfall of $129 billion.
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Just right: Action on Ebola, caution on ISIS
Whether intentional or not, President Barack Obama sent an unmistakable message Tuesday: I may not be prepared to put boots on the ground to stop the Islamic State, but I will to stop the Ebola outbreak.
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The jihadi logic? Trick the U.S. into war
WASHINGTON — What was the Islamic State thinking? We know it is sophisticated in its use of modern media. But what was the logic of propagating to the world videos of its beheadings of two Americans (and subsequently a Briton) — sure to inflame public opinion?
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Win the hearts and minds of Muslim youth
This is the week Washington pounced on the question of whether or not American “boots on the ground” will be needed in our newest war against the terrifying forces of the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq.
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When President Barack Obama began to be dogged by endless replays of his “If you like your health care, you can keep it” sound bite, his loyalists insisted the president’s words had been misinterpreted. The fault likely lies with the president himself. What he clearly meant to say was, “Whether or not you like our health care, we’ll make you keep it.”
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Body cameras for police officers: Why not?
Police in Ferguson, Mo., got new equipment recently. No, not an M1 Abrams tank — body cameras that record interactions with citizens.
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