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Life or Death – The Real Choices in the Abortion Wars

The Planned Parenthood videos have brought a difficult subject into broad daylight for discussion – nothing less than life and death. As medicine has advanced, we’ve had many debates over what “natural” death is, and they all start with figuring … Continue reading

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Unaffordable Health Care – Muriel’s Story

Before the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and in the subsequent partisan battles over Obamacare, there has been one constant point of agreement between Republicans and Democrats. We all want a healthcare system that supports families hit with a catastrophic medical … Continue reading

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Mandating Paid Sick Leave – The Utilitarian Argument

A recent Shawn Vestal column on a proposed ‪Spokane ordinance‬ mandating paid sick leave (http://bit.ly/1FiYPkI) lacks depth. Frankly, rather than arguing that mandated sick leave hurts the economy, the issue is the very basic question of whether this is an area where government … Continue reading

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The (Un) Affordable Healthcare Battleground

The Affordable Care Act was doomed to be a partisan battleground. Passed by a lame duck Congress in 2010, it was a rough draft, intended to be refined and repaired in conference committee when the Democrats had the majority in … Continue reading

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