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Taking personal responsibility for one’s own health is an artful dodge that suggests the government has no responsibility to provide health care to its population. It is an ideological mantra that health insurance company PR spinmeisters relentlessly front-load to the public via the stenographic mainstream media.Paul’s prescription for the millions of uninsured is to leave health care to the magic and mayhem of the market -- and if you go bankrupt, it’s your own fault. And bankrupt Americans go.

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Wouldn't you know it -- the Sarah Palin Catchphrase Generator clicked, whirred and spat out another viscerally tinged and menacing two-word combination to righteously apply to her political opponents. This week's winner: "blood libel." But what does it mean?

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Good to know there are some seemingly dyed-in-the-wool GOP types who are at least partly open to some of the health care reform proposals knocking around the halls of Congress. Count among that tiny minority the former Senate Republican chief Bill Frist, who says he'd vote for the measure despite its shortcomings.

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Public memory often has a short shelf life, and it doesn't preclude the potential for rapid recycling, according to The New York Times' take on the current "death panel" controversy, considering that a prototypical version of this particular argument made the rounds during the (Internet-enabled) Clinton era.

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What exactly do those dastardly Democrats mean when they talk about "community standards" vis-à-vis health care reform? Only one thing, of course -- death panels! But hold on, Mr. Gingrich and Mme. Palin, where are either of those terms written anywhere in the reform proposals?

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