Mayor Thomas M. Menino embarked on a highly public campaign yesterday to block CVS Corp. and other retailers from opening medical clinics inside their stores, an effort that exposed a rift between Menino and the state's public health commissioner, a longtime ally.
...The decision by the state Public Health Council, "jeopardizes patient safety," Menino said in a written statement. "Limited service medical clinics run by merchants in for-profit corporations will seriously compromise quality of care and hygiene. Allowing retailers to make money off of sick people is wrong."
In a separate letter, Menino urged members of the city's Public Health Commission to consider barring the clinics from Boston.
I have a forthcoming review of Jonah Goldberg's new book, Liberal Fascism, in which I argue that the title is a poor choice. But I have to concede that there are going to be times when I am tempted to use the term myself.