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Wisconsin Governor Takes on Unions
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The governor of Wisconsin, Scott Walker, a Republican, is taking on government employee unions in the state, the New York Times reports. The Times says that among the "key provisions" of the governor's plan are, "requiring government workers to contribute 5.8 percent of their pay to their pensions, much more than now; and requiring state employees to pay at least 12.6 percent of health care premiums (most pay about 6 percent now)."

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Health Coaches
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The Times Business section features a long article about a health insurance company that has opened a health clinic staffed by "two full-time doctors and eight 'health coaches,' who serve as liaisons between patient and doctor." The insurance company says this approach "will save money."

If this were a publicly traded for-profit company doing this, you might expect some highly skeptical treatment from the Times. What's the training of these "health coaches"? Has there been any research on quality of care or outcomes that compares patients who communicate directly with doctors versus those who deal with "health coaches"?

Yet this clinic is run by The Freelancers Union, a darling of foundation funders and the press alike, so instead of hostile or even skeptical press coverage, the article is pretty much a valentine.

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Wisconsin Governor Takes on Unions
futureofcapitalism.com

The governor of Wisconsin, Scott Walker, a Republican, is taking on government employee unions in the state, the New York Times reports. The Times says that among the "key provisions" of the governor's plan are, "requiring government workers to contribute 5.8 percent of their pay to their pensions, much more than now; and requiring state employees to pay at least 12.6 percent of health care premiums (most pay about 6 percent now)."

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