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Two Minutes on Health Reform: The Policy & Practice Podcast

Used under a Creative Commons license from flickr user cowtools

Used under a Creative Commons license from flickr user cowtools

from meetings, press conferences, and briefings in Washington, D.C.

The details are beginning to emerge on health care reform–and to keep you up to speed, we present the Policy & Practice Podcast.

Policy & Practice Podcast 6/23

EGMN’s health policy reporters and editors–Joyce Frieden, Alicia Ault, Mary Ellen Schneider, Denise Napoli, Keith Haglund, and yours truly–scour the daybooks and cover the key events in the Capitol, then synthesize the news into a quick and timely audiobite for our U.S. physician audience. Our podcast is hosted by Todd Zwillich, longtime Washington reporter and EGMN alumnus.

Check in with us each Monday for a quick, 2-minute synposis of key events on the road to health reform. Like what you hear? Drop us a line.

—Denise Fulton; on Twitter @denisefulton

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Der Führer, Obama?

From outside the Brookings Institution, 1775 Mass. Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C.

One thing is certain in Washington–free speech is often on display, even if only for a few minutes before one of the dozens of police forces operating within the District of Columbia shoos the First Amendment types back to from whence they came…or into a paddy wagon, depending on the mood.  As a D.C. native, I’ve seen plenty of protests, marches, placard displays, sit-ins, hangings-in-effigy, speechifying, and mass arrests.

I’d have to rank the one I saw today as fairly high on the fantabulous scale.

Obama as Hitler? 

Der Fuhrer?/Photo by A. Ault

Der Fuhrer?/Photo by A. Ault

That photo stopped me short on my way into a conference on comparative effectiveness that featured Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag. 

This message was brought to us by Lyndon LaRouche, right wing crank and conspiracy theorist.  

LaRouche is so controversial that even his Wikipedia page has been protected from editing because there had been some apparently “non-neutral” tampering.

Apparently, he’s now interested in stopping what he calls “Obama’s Nazi Health Plan.”  The leaflets being handed out by the LaRouchians included a screed that likened Obama’s health proposals to genocide and fashioned Peter Orszag, Larry Summers, and Rahm and Ezekiel Emanuel as Obama’s Himmler, Rommel, Goebbels, and Mengele.

I guess with the health reform debate moving forward, no one, not even a perennial outsider like LaRouche, wants to be left out.

He just can’t afford pinstriped K Street denizens to make his “case.”  And that’s probably a good thing.

— Alicia Ault (on Twitter @aliciaault)

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