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In The Public Interest : The Cost of Repeal

Posted January 13, 2011 | 13:43:41 (EST)

Health care repeal efforts are being pursued in both the Congress and in the courts. But are repeal proponents really standing up for consumers or are they actually standing up for the health insurance industry?

Talking points from each side often don't tell the whole story, so U.S. PIRG turned...

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In The Public Interest: Finding the High Ground on Health Care

Posted November 19, 2010 | 10:02:21 (EST)

Yesterday, the United States Senate got a small glimpse of what constructive bipartisan cooperation could look like. And surprisingly, it happened in health-care policy.

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), a longtime reform champion, and Senator Scott Brown (R-MA), who campaigned for office last January around a promise to vote against reform,...

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In The Public Interest: Will Health-Care Challenges Help or Hurt Consumers?

Posted October 18, 2010 | 15:36:29 (EST)

Today, in the federal courthouse in Virginia, District Judge Henry Hudson heard oral arguments in Commonwealth v. Sebelius, one of twenty-three lawsuits challenging the new health-care law winding their way through the courts. Tonight, talking heads on cable news will...

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In The Public Interest : Why Is California So Important in Health Care Reform?

Posted September 27, 2010 | 17:47:46 (EST)

This week, California Governor Schwarzenegger faces a choice to sign or veto important bills to implement the new federal health care law in his state. And his decision could be crucial in determining whether the new law lives up to its supporters' promises or fails the way opponents predict for...

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In the Public Interest: New Push To Gut Health Care Cost Containment

Posted August 9, 2010 | 14:54:41 (EST)

Few problems represent a greater threat to consumers, small businesses, and the nation's fiscal future than the unchecked rise of health care costs. And over recent months, even those opposed to the new federal health care law have sought to portray themselves as champions of lower costs and fiscal responsibility....

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In The Public Interest: Healthy Ways to Cut the Deficit

Posted July 13, 2010 | 11:23:14 (EST)

Proponents of repealing health reform have recently been trying to wrap their campaign in the rhetoric of fiscal responsibility. These repeal supporters want to portray this year's health care law as a step backwards on deficits even as the bipartisan President's Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform is...

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In The Public Interest: Health Care Reform - A Down Payment, Not "Broken Promises"

Posted July 2, 2010 | 10:23:07 (EST)

In Washington and in state capitols around America, there's a story that health reform opponents can't stop telling. The new health care law, they say, is a great big promise that will never be met. But reader beware - this story of "broken promises" might make a nice fable, but...

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In The Public Interest: High Noon for Insurance Industry Rip-Offs?

Posted May 20, 2010 | 11:52:11 (EST)

Pop Quiz: You're a law-abiding citizen whose family is completely at the mercy of a band of ruffians who do whatever they want, whenever they want. Are you a character in the opening scene of some classic Hollywood Western, or just another consumer trapped in America's health insurance market?

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In The Public Interest: Health Reform's Trump Card

Posted March 25, 2010 | 15:13:05 (EST)

After health reform passed the House of Representatives and was signed into law by President Obama, something extraordinary happened.

People stopped listening to opponents' characterizations of the health reform bill and started looking to see what was actually in the reform for themselves, their families and their...

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In The Public Interest: The Biggest Health Reform You've Never Heard About

Posted January 15, 2010 | 11:04:54 (EST)

For decades now, America has needed health reform to bring relief from the constant, unchecked growth in our country's health care bill.

Premiums are doubling every eight or nine years, federal and state budget deficits are exploding, and new jobs are more and more expensive for businesses...

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In The Public Interest: Lobbyists and Special Interest Groups are Winning the Battle for Reform; Can They be Stopped?

Posted December 18, 2009 | 17:50:28 (EST)

An Open Letter to Supporters of Health Reform:

Call the death of the public option what it is: A defeat.

This year, powerful health industry groups spent more than a million dollars each day lobbying Congress, trying to defeat and weaken reform. For them, it has proven to be money...

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In The Public Interest: Senate Moderates Get it Right

Posted December 14, 2009 | 07:12:12 (EST)

As the health care reform debate moves toward an endgame in the U.S. Senate, it is no surprise that centrists of both parties remain opposed to the public option. The headline today is Senator Joe Lieberman's (D-CT) declaration of opposition to any form of a public plan or Medicare buy-in....

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In The Public Interest: Pharma Can Do More

Posted December 8, 2009 | 08:33:25 (EST)

In recent decades, as rising health costs have squeezed American families, businesses and taxpayers, the pharmaceutical industry has reaped fortunes from those rising costs. But a good part of their success has been at taxpayer expense because of a boondoggle subsidy to PhRMA that dates back to the establishment...

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In The Public Interest: Will Health Reform Opponents Face The Facts?

Posted November 24, 2009 | 09:58:02 (EST)

Over the weekend, the Senate commenced its historic debate on health reform legislation. So what are they talking about in what many call the world's greatest deliberative body?

Throughout this year's debate, rather than making reasoned policy arguments, reform opponents have parroted the latest partisan political talking points: death...

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In The Public Interest: Congress - Stand with Small Business, Support Health Reform

Posted November 1, 2009 | 19:41:51 (EST)

While much attention has been focused on this year's health reform debate, there has been startlingly little of that attention paid to the plight of America's small business owners, like Miriam Malkovsky, owner of the Bombay International boutique in South Bend, Indiana. These businesses and their employees, as well as...

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In The Public Interest: Not With a Bang But a Whimper: Did Fee-For-Service Medicine Just Die?

Posted October 22, 2009 | 23:35:07 (EST)

House leadership and a group of Representatives from low-cost states made news with a deal Thursday that will deliver their support for a public option which would pay providers according to rates based on Medicare. In return, the Representatives will get a study to start fixing low reimbursement rates in...

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In The Public Interest: We Need Wyden's Free Choice Amendment for Effective Health Care Reform

Posted October 19, 2009 | 16:28:30 (EST)

The following is my open letter to Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon from the U.S. Public Interest Research Group endorsing his Health Care Free Choice Amendment, which contains proposals necessary for effective health care reform that guarantees an array of affordable insurance exchange options for all Americans.

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Dear Senator...

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