Eco-News Roundup: Friday April 8

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News on health, the environment, and other green topics from our other blogs.

Right to Sue: Republicans are trying to reduce malpractice suits, just as report shows more medical mistakes.

Flip-Flop: First Republicans hype “death panels”, now they want to ration care.

Feeling the Burn: Under Paul Ryan’s budget, the elderly and poor would pay more health care costs.

Poll Says: Medicaid might be more popular than some would-be reformers think.

Down South: Florida’s not okay with the word “uterus” but they’re fine with mandatory ultrasounds.

On Accident: Louisiana oil refineries have 10 accidents, nearly every week.

Show Down: GOP reps say they can’t compromise on abortion, even if it means shutting the government down.

Future Health: Is it realistic to think health care costs will continue expanding ad infinitum?

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