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with Joe Vanden Plas


Supply and demand: Vogel supplies, schools demand

Think of the Dane County School Supplies for Kids program as your way of helping to close the achievement gap in Dane County schools. The program, now in its 20th year, was founded by David Vogel, 81, chairman of the board of Vogel Bros. Building. Following his tenure as president, he remains active in the company and even more active in this cause.

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In Defense of Obamacare … No, Really

By the time people finish reading this column, conservatives will be convinced I’ve lost my mind and liberals will think I’m finally wising up. But of all the things President Obama has done since taking office, I’ve tried to cut him the most slack on the controversial Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare.

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What Aaron should say to Ryan

Now that Ryan Braun has finally fessed up about his use of performance-enhancing drugs, now that he has accepted his punishment (if a bit ham-handedly), and now that he has a mountain of work to do in rehabilitating his image, perhaps his pally Aaron Rodgers can offer him some advice about staying at the foot of the cross. If anyone can help Braun rehab, especially since Brewers owner Mark Attanasio said he would remain with the team, it’s the esteemed quarterback of the Green Bay Packers, who stuck his neck out about a mile (as did this blogger) in defense of Braun, even offering to bet a year’s salary that his friend was innocent.

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In search of a sexier model

Dr. Bill Yasnoff hasn’t been hauled before Congress yet, but he’s waiting for a call. No, he’s not embroiled in the IRS scandal, but he might have an idea that saves the cause of patient data exchange and helps make the Affordable Care Act, well, affordable. Yasnoff, who served in the Department of Health and Human Services under former Secretary Tommy Thompson, has been promoting regional electronic health record banks for several years, and thanks to difficulties with the existing model, the idea could gain some traction.

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Marriages made in heaven? Health care consolidation heats up

When hospital CEOs look at current reimbursement rates, don’t be surprised if they think, “It’s never going to be better than this.” They have good reason to think this way, as the ramifications of the forthcoming low-reimbursement environment sink in and a wave of health care consolidation intensifies.

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