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Individual Irresponsibility in the President's Healthcare Reform Plan
Philip Betbeze, Senior Editor-Leadership

One well-known saying in poker is that if you don't know who the sucker is at the table, it's probably you. The same could be said for healthcare reform. And after reading the president's agenda on healthcare this week (better late than never), the taxpayer is the clear sucker, but I don't want to take my analogy too far. There are others.
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  February 26, 2010

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