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Indiana hospitals settle Medicare lawsuit

Six hospital systems, including three in Indiana, have agreed to pay the federal government $8.3 million to settle a whistleblower
lawsuit alleging the hospitals deliberately overcharged Medicare for routine back surgeries.

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Clarian CEO pines anew for public insurance option

Most business groups cheered when Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., introduced a health reform bill with no so-called public option,
a controversial government-run insurance plan for working adults. But there’s a big group that would like
to see it back on the table—hospitals.

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Study weakens Lilly’s fight against price controls

Eli Lilly and Co. and its peers might be back in Congress’ sights as lawmakers hunt for more ways to cut health care
costs. A new study in the influential Health Affairs journal concludes that European drugmakers operating
in markets with pharmaceutical price controls have produced proportionally more innovations than their U.S. counterparts.

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HICKS: Health care experts make poor economists

In almost every place that two or more Americans gather, health care is debated. Because the bills before Congress are
inaccessible, the debate has shifted instead to principles such as the role of government and individual freedoms. I think this a healthy thing.

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Universal health care? Bring it on!

With American ingenuity, we can achieve universal health care coverage without the bloated administrative costs found in our
system of private insurance companies.

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Beware universal health care

Any administration considering a tax-funded universal health care system that is free at the point of delivery would do well to examine Britain’s National Health Service.

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