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‘This is the kitchen sink train leaving the station’

Undercovered aspects of the health-care revolution are highlighted in USA Today today: 

• Companies with 50 or more employees would have to set aside “reasonable” break times for nursing mothers and create a private space for breastfeeding. “There’s no question that this is a smart health care practice,” said Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., who fought for the provision. Trautwein said the idea smacks of “too much Uncle Sam.”

• Nurse midwives would be paid the same as doctors for their services under Medicare. They now receive about 35% less. Midwives perform maternity care for about 3 million disabled women who qualify for Medicare, according to the American College of Nurse-Midwives, and also provide primary care, particularly in rural areas.

• Restaurants with more than 20 locations would be required to post nutritional information.

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