Eco-News Roundup: Monday, August 24

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Fish Dish: US commerce secretary sez no expansion of commercial fishing in Arctic until ecological studies done. [Environmental News Network]

Healthcare Ripoffs: A doctor charged $4,500 for an office visit for which Medicare would have paid $134. What gives?

River Held Hostage: French truck drivers threaten to pollute the Seine if their pay demands are not met. [UK Guardian]

Death Counseling: Is it really such a bad idea to cover it with Medicare? Experts debate.

Making Lemonade: Some politicians are capitalizing on the Heartland’s health reform panic.

Steele Goes Postal: On healthcare reform, that is. A few key exchanges here.

Invention’s Mother: If Pharma had more requirementst, they might be motivated to change it up, says Kevin Drum.

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