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Flight attendants may offer too much slack; same can't be said for Blue Shield

December 16, 2009 |  9:48 am

Sometimes, stringent adherence to the rules can be good for one's health. Sometimes, the effects have more negative repercussions. Here are two examples from today's L.A. Times ...

Staff writer Rong-Gong Lin II writes: "Amid concern about H1N1 and seasonal flu, federal health officials issued guidelines late last month on how to handle obviously sick passengers: Flight attendants should ask the person with the cough to wear a mask and move them at least 6 feet from others. In the air, recent travelers report a different reality."

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On an unrelated topic, columnist David Lazarus begins:

"Amid a national debate on how to make the healthcare system friendlier and more accessible, and as millions of people grapple with the loss of jobs and homes, what does insurance heavyweight Blue Shield of California do? It decides to take a key benefit away."

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It seems much depends on who follows, and who makes, the rules.

-- Tami Dennis