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May 25, 2014 at 8:58 AM

Health-care costs: List pricing to make marketplace more competitive

Another step in fixing our broken health-care system was taken when the Everett Clinic began listing the “retail prices” for the basic procedures [“Everett Clinic starts listing some ‘retail’ prices online,” Local News, May 22]. Hospital procedure pricing lists would help create an open marketplace within the health-services industry, which would greatly benefit patients….


Comments | More in Health care | Topics: costs, Elliot Jarvimaki, Everett Clinic

September 19, 2013 at 7:01 AM

Low-income families suffer from diaper shortage

Use cloth diapers Nuts! For little more than the cost of a box of the disposable ones, a family could buy a dozen cloth diapers that would last through the child’s entire toilet training period. [“Lack of diapers creates problems for families,” News, Sept. 16.] We raised seven happy, healthy kids in Seattle without ever using…


Comments | More in Economy, Families | Topics: cloth, costs, diapers

September 2, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Efficient plant boosts Mazda manufacturing

Not the most efficient way Robots work on the assembly line of the Mazda6 (Atenza) model at Mazda Motor Corp.’s plant in Hofu, Japan on Aug. 27. [AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi] Your gee-whiz story about the efficient Mazda plant, leaves the reader with plenty of “so what?” questions. [“Super-efficient plant gives boost to Mazda,” Business, Aug. 28.] Does…


Comments | More in Business, Economy | Topics: costs, efficiency, japan

August 31, 2013 at 8:04 AM

Raising the minimum wage for fast-food workers

The worst thing we can do Angeles Solis (middle left) and Yecenia Morales-Garcia, members of United Students Against Sweatshops, chant in solidarity outside of a Subway during a demonstration and walkout of fast food and coffee shop employees on Broadway Ave. on Capitol Hill Aug. 29. The rally was part of a nationwide protest, spanning to…


Comments | More in Economy, Politics, Seattle | Topics: costs, education, fast food

August 31, 2013 at 7:02 AM

Caring for the disabled in Washington

Time for realistic solutions Close the residential habilitation centers (RHCs) is not as simple as you think. [“Editorial: Reset inequity for state’s most vulnerable,” Opinion, Aug. 25.] The community needs to be improved and expanded. However, this should not be done at the risk of individuals leaving the RHCs or those awaiting services. Too often, the quest…


Comments | More in Economy, Health care, Seattle | Topics: community living, costs, developmental disabilities

August 29, 2013 at 11:44 AM

David Walker speaks up about the national debt

Suggested solutions David Walker appearing before the Senate earlier in 2008 when he was head of the Government Accountability Office. [Washington Post photo by Melina Mara.] In the article about the national debt, David Walker mentions solving the problem doing something about health-care costs, changing the tax system and Social Security. [“Former top federal auditor sounds…


Comments | More in Economy, Politics | Topics: americans, costs, credit