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Month: March 2012

March 19, 2012
GOP Talking Points Don't Apply to Women's Health

For a brief moment on Sunday, John McCain made sense. Lamenting the growing backlash against the GOP's crusade to turn back the clock on contraception and reproductive rights, McCain told Meet the Press, "I think we ought to respect the right of women to make choices in their lives and make that clear." If that […]

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March 18, 2012
GOP, Media Mislead on President Obama's Health Care Promise

As the battle over health care raged in the summer of 2009, President Obama made a very specific promise about what would become the Affordable Care Act. "When I say if you have your plan and you like it," Obama explained that June, "or you have a doctor and you like your doctor, that you […]

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March 17, 2012
China Joins Iran as the Bain of Romney's Existence

Mitt Romney likes to talk tough about China. In an op-ed last month, Romney charged that "President Obama came into office as a near supplicant to Beijing," adding, "his administration demurred from raising issues of human rights." Unfortunately for the former Massachusetts Governor, that tough talk was immediately tempered by word that his financial advisers […]

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March 15, 2012
GOP Drops "Obama Bear Market" Myth as Dow Hits 13,000

Despite a mountain of data and the overwhelming consensus of economists to the contrary, Republican leaders including House Speaker John Boehner and would-be President Mitt Romney continue to falsely claim "Obama made the economy worse." But another tried and untrue GOP talking point about the supposed "Obama bear market" has largely vanished. Of course, with […]

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March 14, 2012
Oregon, Massachusetts Gains Bolster Obama Health Care Reform

The Affordable Care Act is working. 2.5 million more young adults ages 19 to 26 now have health insurance. The shrinking of the Medicare "donut hole" allowed 3.6 million seniors to save $2.1 billion on their prescription drugs last year. And the ban on insurers refusing to cover pre-existing conditions is saving lives (even among […]

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March 13, 2012
In Mississippi, the Republican Future is Now

Republicans have seen the future and it is in Mississippi. But the GOP's Magnolia State crystal ball has little to do with whether today's primary shows that Mitt Romney's cheesy grit eating sealed his nomination, ends Newt Gingrich's viability as a "credible candidate" or even aborts Rick Santorum's White House dream altogether. Instead, the state's […]

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March 12, 2012
Did Bush Jawbone Gas Prices Down? That's a Big No

The President was getting hammered on gas prices. Under increasing pressure from the press and the other party, administration officials repeatedly insisted there is no "magic bullet" or "magic wand" to bring prices down at the pump. Making matters worse, the President was embarrassed during a White House press conference during which he shockingly admitted […]

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March 11, 2012
Ann Romney Makes Mitt Seem More Human - and More Out of Touch

By all indications, Ann Romney is a warm, engaging and, judging by her public battle with MS, courageous person. Which is why she is a constant presence on the campaign trail. As months of headlines suggest ("Romney Using Wife's Story to Connect with Voters", "Ann Romney Adds Personal Touch to Mitt's Campaign", "The Ann Romney […]

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March 9, 2012
Republicans Threaten the "Doctor-Patient Relationship"

For two decades, Republican opponents of health care reform have turned to a tried if untrue talking point. In 1994, GOP strategist Bill Kristol warned that "the Clinton Plan is damaging to the quality of American medicine and to the relationship between the patient and the doctor." Twelve years later, President George W. Bush proclaimed, […]

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March 8, 2012
Expanding Catholic Hospitals Put Reproductive Care, Women's Health at Risk

For the last several weeks, all eyes have been focused on the high-profile clash between Catholic bishops (if not their parishioners) and the Obama administration over mandated insurance coverage for contraception at their non-church institutions. But in cities and towns across the country, a second battlefront is jeopardizing access to essential reproductive care for millions […]

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Jon Perr
Jon Perr is a technology marketing consultant and product strategist who writes about American politics and public policy.

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