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The post-election bar trip

Failure
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By KARL STEVENS  |  November 16, 2012
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GOP runners for federal office get squirrely; Dems and independents share answers

This year's candidate questionnaire was little different from past years.
Dodge, duck, dip, dive, and dodge
By JEFF INGLIS  |  June 01, 2012

Coughing fits

Smoking isn't one of my many vices. But that doesn't mean I have something against those who've chosen that method of killing themselves. It's not like their addiction makes them bad people.
The tobacco tax
By AL DIAMON  |  May 20, 2011

Pregnant pause

The Maine Republican Party has a death wish. Over giving birth.
Maine Republicans on abortion
By AL DIAMON  |  January 28, 2011
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Heading for health

According to massage therapist Mea Tavares, I have a lot of air in my system.
Alternative-medicine providers forge new paths to survive the tight economy
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  December 17, 2010
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Fighting back

Thanks to a federal law that codifies discrimination against same-sex couples, more than 15,000 legally married couples (and an untold number of children) are being denied basic benefits, such as the right to file their taxes jointly, or Social Security
Two cases in federal court here in Massachusetts could help turn the national tide against DOMA
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 04, 2010


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The Big Hurt: The week in death

Back in January, I predicted that, because of medical advances and the prospect of universal health care, no musicians would die in this decade. Unfortunately, it hasn’t turned out that way.
 RIP Chilton, Guru, and editorial tact
By DAVID THORPE  |  April 30, 2010

Atul Gawande: Will Obamacare bankrupt Boston's Children's Hospital?


Our fanboyism on ATUL GAWANDE is well-established: we think he should be surgeon general. Brilliant medical writer. Brilliant medical thinker. One of the very few...
By Carly Carioli  |  April 02, 2010

What the health-care bill really means

On Tuesday, President Barack Obama signed the new health-care bill into law.
Reforming the System
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 26, 2010

The Rock Off is on, and other music news

Tone King Andy Argondizza has organized a benefit show for Nick Curran, who was recently diagnosed with cancer and, being a musician, isn’t exactly rocking all-inclusive health insurance.
Sibilance
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  March 05, 2010
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The power of money

While a cadre of conservative Democrats continues to conspire with Washington's mendacious Republican minority to block national health-care reform, the nation's largest health-benefits company — amusingly called WellPoint — is going about its business
Shame on the natoin's biggest health insurer; shame on the Black Caucus
By EDITORIAL  |  February 19, 2010


Rhode Island’s own stab at health reform

Health care reform, if it survives the election of Republican Scott Brown to Ted Kennedy's old Senate seat, will make insurance accessible and provide a slew of new consumer protections for millions of Americans.
Get Healthy
By MARION DAVIS  |  January 22, 2010
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A weed grows in Boston

Even though it's a crisp November day, the flower boxes of Mary Jones's neat little bungalow are overflowing with brightly colored blooms.
What's a suburban soccer mom who was once fervently anti-drug doing running a business growing and selling pot?
By VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  December 04, 2009
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Western-style martyrdom

Ali wanted to kill Americans but found terrorism way too tedious
Idiot Box
By MATT BORS  |  November 27, 2009
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Fair Share?

On September 10, Boston City Councilor David Scondras wrote a letter to the city’s group-health-insurance director.  “We have a non-discrimination policy in this city which includes people who are gay and lesbian,” wrote the city’s first openly gay city
Extending Benefits to Domestic Partners
By NEIL MILLER  |  October 30, 2009
Most doctors support public health care option

Most doctors support public health care option


A survey of 2,130 physicians across the nation found 63 percent favor a public-private option for patients over a strictly private health care system or public....
By Lisa Spinelli  |  September 15, 2009


Freeloading free stater?

Has anyone else found it ironic that Dr. Sorens works for a state-supported university, and that presumably his salary and benefits, such as health insurance, are paid for by the taxpayers of New York?
Letters to the Boston editor, September 11, 2009
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  September 11, 2009

Lunch-bucket elite

Your description of senatorial hopeful Stephen Lynch as a “lunch-bucket pol” is certainly a departure from the accuracy in political portrayal and substance I have grown accustomed to in the Phoenix.
Letters to the Boston editor, September 4, 2009
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  September 04, 2009

POLL: Vote on Obama's health-care plan


READ: Obama's health-care plan, then vote.
By Lisa Spinelli  |  August 11, 2009
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Avoiding the problem

Over the course of Olympia Snowe's career in the US Senate, companies and workers in the healthcare and insurance industries have been her top donors (except for retirees and retiree political-action committees, which are obviously also concerned with
Snowe misses the point of healthcare reform
By JEFF INGLIS  |  July 10, 2009
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A self-help guide for the uninsured

For the vast majority of Rhode Islanders — the insured — health-care is something you get when you need it. Feeling sick? Call the doctor. Slip and fall? Go to the emergency room or an urgent-care center. Need surgery? It's not fun, but it's covered.
Where to turn if you need health-care and don't have coverage
By MARION DAVIS  |  November 19, 2008


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They wanna be governor

In our typical Portland Phoenix format, here’s a one-by-one look at all the folks who claim they want to be Maine’s next governor. (In our book, anyone crazy enough to say they want that job probably has done something to karmically deserve it.)
Primary Election 2010
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  January 01, 1900