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President Obama: Amputees Need Your Help to Get Appropriate Health Care

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 08.10.2015 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

Mr. President, on behalf of those in the nation who need this type of prosthetic care to live full and productive lives and support themselves and their families, I ask you to look at these issues which are creating barriers to care, delaying, and in some cases, denying prosthetic care to Americans with limb loss.

Expanding Medicare System For All Would Eliminate Health Care Rationing

Robert Weissman | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics
Robert Weissman

The people who shed crocodile tears about health care rationing five years ago don't talk about the rationing that we have now (and had then), but they were right to be outraged. We should all be outraged that, in the richest country on the planet, people are denied needed care on the basis of wealth and income.

(Un)happy 50th for Medicare and Medicaid?

Martha Burk | Posted 07.27.2015 | Politics
Martha Burk

Fifty years ago in 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid into law, creating two programs that would disproportionately improve the lives of older and low-income Americans, especially women. Fast forward to 2015, and both are very much under siege.

Happy 50th Medicare!

Paul Y. Song, MD | Posted 07.26.2015 | Politics
Paul Y. Song, MD

When I graduated from medical school almost 25 years ago, I was asked by then U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. C. Everett Koop, to raise my right hand and recite the Hippocratic Oath. In it, I recall "I will abstain from that system which is deleterious and mischievous to my patients."

Let's Get Rid of the Term 'White Privilege'

Daniel Cubias | Posted 07.21.2015 | Latino Voices
Daniel Cubias

The problem with white privilege is that the concept is painfully easy to refute. I'm referring to white individuals who hear the word "privilege" thrown at them and interpret it as an individual attack rather than as a societal fact.

Does the Affordable Care Act Guarantee Healthcare as a Right?

John Geyman | Posted 07.06.2015 | Politics
John Geyman

Healthcare as a right has been debated over many years, but is still not in place for all Americans as this country remains an outlier among advanced industrial countries around the world.

Two Current Fronts of the American Health Care Wars: Hepatitis C and Cancer

Lawrence D. Mass, M.D. | Posted 07.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Lawrence D. Mass, M.D.

It's clear that health care in the U.S. remains in a state of crisis. Millions of people still don't have health insurance, and pressures remain great to repeal reforms that have extended even bare-bones insurance benefits to the uninsured and underserved.

Jeffrey Young

5 Ways Obamacare Can (And Should) Be Fixed | Jeffrey Young | Posted 07.06.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Obamacare is here to stay. That’s the message from President Barack Obama and other supporters of the Affordable Care Act after their ...

It's Time for the 30-hour Week

Harlan Green | Posted 06.30.2015 | Business
Harlan Green

Don't look now, but we should soon have the 30-hour work week as the standard, instead of the 40-hour work week last enshrined during FDR's New Deal. Why, when Americans now work more hours than any other developed country?

Who Is the Patient: The Insurance Industry or Real People?

John Geyman | Posted 06.29.2015 | Politics
John Geyman

Uncontrolled inflation of health care costs continues unimpeded as insurers, hospitals, drug companies, and others in the medical-industrial complex embrace expanded and subsidized new markets with minimal oversight.

5 Important Things You Didn't Know About Obamacare

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 06.26.2015 | Healthy Living

The Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Affordable Care Act on Thursday, preserving nationwide tax subsidies to help poor and middle-class Americans r...

SCOTUS Affordable Care Act Ruling Impacts All Iowans, Including Those Who Are LGBT

Donna Red Wing | Posted 06.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Donna Red Wing

Today, the Supreme Court upheld the rights of millions of Americans to affordable health care. Affordable health care was, for many, life changing and even life saving. One Iowa is proud to be a part of the necessary outreach to our community who are underserved and underinsured.

Takeaways From the Supreme Court Obamacare Ruling

James R. Knickman | Posted 06.26.2015 | New York
James R. Knickman

We can now feel more confident that this historic legislation will go a long way toward decreasing health inequities -- including uneven access to care -- in New York and across our country.

Michael McAuliff

Republicans Secretly Relieved At Obamacare Ruling, Have No Plan Forward | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republicans were publicly outraged the Supreme Court again found the Affordable Care Act constitutional, but there was also a deep sense...

SCOTUS Upholds Obamacare: A Shot in the Arm for the Rising American Electorate

Page Gardner | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics
Page Gardner

Let's not forget that, before the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was enacted in 2009, members of the "Rising American Electorate" (African Americans, Latinos, unmarried women and millennials) were facing a serious healthcare crisis.

6 Things You Should Know About the Supreme Court Decision in King v. Burwell

Julie Stich | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics
Julie Stich

The decision is in! The Supreme Court has ruled on the landmark Affordable Care Act case. Now what?

Medicare at 50: Strengths to Build On

John Geyman | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics
John Geyman

Traditional Medicare has proven its superiority over any private, market-based alternatives for the last 50 years. It is time to build on this social insurance model as the health care debate continues.

Privatized Medicaid Managed Care: Yet Another Health Policy Disaster

John Geyman | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics
John Geyman

You might think that we learned the lesson of discredited managed care in the 1990s. The term "managed care" is confusing to many, but really amounts to managed reimbursement rather than managed care, whereby a set prospective annual payment is made by federal/state governments, as in the case of Medicaid managed care (MMC), to cover whatever services patients will receive over the coming year.

Florida Legislators Accept State Healthcare Subsidies, Reject Federal Medicare Expansion Funds for Floridians

Grant Stern | Posted 06.12.2015 | Politics
Grant Stern

Florida's legislators get a $22,000 annual health benefit paid by the state and 165 out of 180 of them accept the benefit. Meanwhile, Florida's poorest and most vulnerable residents aren't being covered by Obamacare today and wait for answers, and insurance coverage.

6 Things You Need to Know Now About Obamacare's Cadillac Tax

Julie Stich | Posted 06.11.2015 | Business
Julie Stich

The tax starts in 2018, but many employers are making changes to their health care plans now to avoid the tax in the future.

Obama Exaggerates Effects Of Affordable Care Act | Lori Robertson | Posted 06.11.2015 | Politics

The following post first appeared on President Barack Obama made misleading and exaggerated claims in a speech boasting of the a...

Rising Insurance Premiums and the Future Costs to Health Care

Manoj Jain, MD MPH | Posted 06.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Manoj Jain, MD MPH

Health care premiums are a significant burden on many American families, averaging about $1,000 a month, not counting thousands of dollars people pay in deductibles, copayments, medical supplies and medications. So I did some research to put the health premium issue in perspective.

Where Is Hillary On Health Care?

John Geyman | Posted 06.09.2015 | Politics
John Geyman

I think that the momentum for a single payer system will sweep the country . . . it will be such a huge popular issue . . . that even if it's not successful the first time, it will eventually be.

Charity Is Not a Substitute for Justice

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.05.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

In many corners we hear the same old exhortation that the way to fix poverty and anything else that ails Americans is for us to become a nation of Good Samaritans. But has giving a beggar a coin ever been as effective as creating an economy that provides him or her a good education and a job?

Protecting 50 Years of Child Health Progress

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

At a time when we should be celebrating Medicaid and CHIP successes, serious threats to Medicaid, CHIP and the ACA continue to surface in Congress. So, in addition to advocating for continuing improvements in children's health coverage, we must also play defense to protect the hard-earned gains made for children as well as adults.