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November 4, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Primer: what you need to know about health care and the 2012 election

How health care in the 2012 elections will impact your day-to-day life.


(Photo illustration by Mali Main / UW Election Eye)

Tanning, abortions and your wallet.

These are just three things that will be affected by this election.

The federal government is rolling out the Affordable Care Act, also know as Obamacare, in stages. But the biggest changes are set to be implemented in 2014. That is, if the president is re-elected.

“This is the most critical election since 1964 as far as health care is concerned,” says Roger Stark, a health-policy analyst at the Washington Public Policy Institute.

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October 10, 2012 at 6:30 AM

“ObamaCare” or affordable health? – A Canadian perspective

In the debate on the Obama administration’s health care policy, the term “socialized medicine” surfaces often, with fingers pointed to Canada. A Canadian national living in Seattle weighs in on her health care experiences, both in Canada and the United States.

Tea Party demonstration in St. Paul, MN. (Photo by Fibonacci Blue, Flickr Creative Commons)

SEATTLE – What’s in a word?

When it comes to describing President Obama’s Affordable Healthcare Act, much is suggested by conservative use of the term “ObamaCare.”  Even a newly-arrived visitor to this country would find the controversy obvious.  As a Canadian living in the U.S. now for many years, I have always found American attitudes toward healthcare perplexing.  My career has focused on healthcare systems in both countries, so I find the phenomenon of American hostility to “socialized medicine” even less understandable.

Have I been everlastingly grateful to flee the purported queues in the land of my birth and avail myself of the high-tech healthcare available in the U.S.?

Not so much.

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June 28, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Will conservatives come after John Roberts? UPDATED

Update at 1:01 pm And Brent Bozell, conservative firebrand, goes after John Roberts here. Money quote: “People are already talking about the idea that he could be replaced as Chief  Justice.” ———– Original post Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts stunned many people today–including me–by siding with liberals to uphold the individual mandate in the Obama administration’s health…

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Comments | More in Culture | Topics: health care, John Roberts, Mitt Romney

April 15, 2012 at 11:30 AM

The dueling barbers of Bremerton

Owners Tracey and Andre Jones outside Tracey's Barber Shop in Bremerton on April 14, 2012. She is a Democrat, he is a libertarian. (Photo by Alex Stonehill/UW Election Eye)

Just feet apart physically, but on opposite ends of the political spectrum, two barbers in Bremerton have no qualms about voicing their opinions on the presidential candidates and the state of the economy in their community. 

BREMERTON — In the Manette neighborhood of this military town, only a few feet separate the shops of barber Andre Jones, a black 46-year old whose wife Tracey founded their shop 10 years ago, and hairstylist Sariann Irvin — a white 29-year-old who met her husband when he roamed in one day from the Navy base.

They are next door to each other, but political worlds apart.

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Comments | More in State | Topics: barber, Bremerton, Christianity

March 26, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Rick Santorum uses Supreme Court hearings to hit Mitt Romney on health care

Rick Santorum's motorcade arriving outside Supreme Court on March 26, 2012 (Photo courtesy of Katie Bosland via twitter). Rick Santorum is holding a public event and press conference outside the Supreme Court right now to hit Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney on health care. It’s a smart move by Santorum as Romney has to navigate one of…

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Comments | Topics: Barack Obama, healthcare, Heath care

March 17, 2012 at 6:26 AM

If Lehigh and Norfolk State can do it in the NCAA tournament, can Rick Santorum upend the Republican presidential contest?

For sports fans, this time of the year is known as March Madness. That’s the popular name ascribed to the NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournaments, in which small schools, serious underdogs, sometimes defeat bigger, far wealthier, steeped-in-tradition programs.

March Madness is the official name of the NCAA basketball tournament (logo by NCAA).

It happened four times yesterday.

Two teams that are #15 seeds (among the lowest in the tournament), Norfolk State and Lehigh, upset #2 seeds and hoop icons Missouri and Duke, respectively. In the history of the NCAA men’s tourney, only four #15 seeds had beaten #2 seeds. It happened twice yesterday.

Further, a #13 seed, Ohio University, upset one of the legendary sports programs in the nation, University of Michigan.  And a #12 seed, University of South Florida, knocked off a #5, Temple.

It was quite a day. Personally, I’m a huge Michigan fan — but I found myself caught up in rooting for the underdog Ohio U. Watching David knock off Goliath is something special.

There are favorites and underdogs in politics, too. And right now, the underdog has got a shot in the Republican Party presidential primary. It’s a long, long, long shot — but it’s still a chance. And when there is a chance, sometimes things happen. Like in 2008.

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Comments | Topics: Alabama, Bill Clinton, Caucuses