Mar 30, 2017

Survey: half of doctors want single payer

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Nearly half of 511 physicians who responded to a February LinkedIn survey support a single-payer health care system. They said a system where everyone has the same health coverage would eliminate the "aggravation that comes with negotiating with and tracking down payment from multiple insurance companies."

Meanwhile, in Congress: Republicans hate single payer, and many Democrats would rather throw their support behind the Affordable Care Act. But Sen. Bernie Sanders says he's going to introduce a single payer bill soon. Sanders has been the most ardent supporter of a Medicare-for-all plan, as has Rep. John Conyers, who reintroduced his single-payer bill in January.

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MLB's Rob Manfred is latest villain in Astros' cheating scandal

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MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred's decision to grant Astros players immunity in exchange for confessions about their sign-stealing scheme has undermined his reputation — and he only made himself look worse on Sunday.

The interview: In a 45-minute conversation with ESPN, Manfred asserted that public shame was punishment enough for the Astros. He also called the World Series trophy "just a piece of metal" and said that taking a title away from Houston "seems like a futile act."

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Economists warn coronavirus risk far worse than realized

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Worries are growing that the economic impact from the novel coronavirus outbreak will be worse than expected and that markets are being too complacent in factoring it in as a risk.

What's happening: The number of confirmed cases has already far outpaced expectations and even those reports are being viewed through a lens of suspicion that the Chinese government is underreporting the figures.

National newspapers thrive while local outlets struggle to survive

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While big national newspapers grow stronger, local newspaper chains that have for decades kept the vast majority of the country informed are combusting.

Why it matters: The inequity between giants like the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal and their local counterparts represents a growing problem in America as local communities no longer have the power to set the agenda for the news that most affects them.