2012 Election

 
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  Money & Medicine

Money and Medicine tackles the challenges of containing runaway health care spending.

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Where the candidates stand: Medicare and Medicaid

by Suevon Lee, ProPublica | Sept. 14, 2012, 2:26 p.m. Medicare and Medicaid, which provide medical coverage for seniors, the poor and the disabled, together make up nearly a quarter of all federal spending. With total Medicare spending projected to cost $7.7 trillion over the next 10 years, there is consensus that changes are in [...]

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  End of life decisions

When is it appropriate to use every available medical technology to extend life at all costs? When is it time to withdraw aggressive or invasive medical care? And, when does it make sense to opt for palliative or hospice care?

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  Treating heart disease

Since every dollar of so-called unnecessary spending is a dollar of income to a health care provider, reigning in health care spending is much more easily said than done. We examine this pressing medical, ethical, and financial challenge by examining the way we treat America’s number one killer, heart disease.

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Need to Know, September 21, 2012: America by the numbers

An intimate look at how changing demographics are reshaping the political landscape of America.

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‘Dark money’ group spends big in Ohio Senate race

by Justin Elliott, ProPublica | Sept. 11, 2012, 11:57 a.m. New details have emerged about the Government Integrity Fund, a non-profit dark money group that has spent over $1 million on pro-GOP ads in the U.S. Senate race in Ohio. As ProPublica first reported Friday, the chairman of the group is Tom Norris, a Columbus [...]

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  100 days

What would the first 100 days of a Mitt Romney presidency look like?

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A different view of President Clinton’s speech at the DNC

What is your reaction to President Clinton’s speech at the DNC? Did you find his arguments for President Barack Obama re-election compelling? Or, were you more swayed by the Republican message in Tampa? Watch the video of his speech and share your views in the comments below.

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  Need to Know, August 31, 2012: A battle for votes in Ohio

Looking ahead to next week’s Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, we report on the effort by Dems to carry the state of Ohio.