HEALTH LAW : National Health Bill Clears 3 Steps in Senate – Final Vote reportedly forthcoming on Thursday, Christmas Eve, to the Ire of the Scrooges

David M. Herszenhorn and Robert Pear report at the New York Times that Parties Stay United as Health Bill Clears Steps in Senate, writing that:

The Senate voted 60 to 39 early Tuesday on three steps leading up to a final vote Thursday morning on sweeping health care legislation.

We can only hope that this health care legislation will be passed, as the current health care situation in the United States is a national scandal. As written at the Baltimore Sun:

Today, there are at least 43.6 million Americans without health insurance of any kind. It is a number that has been growing for years as health care has grown increasingly unaffordable, not only for individuals but also for small businesses who employ them. These … people often end up getting medical treatment in the most expensive and inefficient way possible, the hospital emergency room, and their families generally live just one health crisis away from financial ruin. We are a nation with the most expensive health care system but far from the most effective one. By most any common measure from longevity to infant mortality, the U.S. lags shockingly behind much of the rest of the industrialized world.

As Going Gets Tough, Nokia Brings Out Legal Guns – NYTimes.com

As Going Gets Tough, Nokia Brings Out Legal Guns – NYTimes.com:

“The mobile industry, since its inception, has been a legal battleground.”

Op-Ed Columnist Frank Rich – Tiger Woods, Person of the Year – NYTimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist Frank Rich – Tiger Woods, Person of the Year – NYTimes.com: “As we say goodbye to the year of Tiger Woods, it is the country, sad to say, that is left mired in a sand trap with no obvious way out.”

Christmas in the Spirit of Business : ‘Twas the Night before Earnings

‘Twas the Night before Earnings from Jim Buckley at Sharon Merrill Associates

– with apologies to Clement C. Moore

should warm every Christmas heart in the upper echelons of business everywhere in the world.

Hat tip to TigerHawk.

Income Equality Best in Europe : USA Lags Behind : Robert Paterson’s Weblog: EconomPic: Income – Destruction of the Middle Class

Income inequality is one of the major problems of the third world and also of the United States. The world leader in income equality is Europe – and it is no coincidence that Europe is also the most civilized area of the world.

For the figures, see Robert Paterson’s Weblog: EconomPic: Income – Destruction of the Middle Class

Supreme Court Rejects Early Appeals of Attorney-Client Privilege Determinations

At law.com Marcia Coyle, National Law Journal, reports that the U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Early Appeals of Attorney-Client Privilege Determinations.

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