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Hillary's Unsurprising and Disingenuous Opposition to Real Health Care Reform

John Geyman | Posted 01.25.2016 | Politics
John Geyman

Here we go again. Hillary touting her long experience in government, claimed knowledge of health care, and ability to "get things done" as she affirms her support of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and distorts Bernie Sanders' single-payer plan for national health insurance, Medicare for all.

Dismantling Kynect Could Mean Higher Costs, Less Coverage for Kentuckians

Judith Solomon | Posted 01.20.2016 | Politics
Judith Solomon

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin's plan to dismantle Kynect, the state's health insurance exchange, and transition to the federal exchange would hurt Kentuckians, despite what some contend.

With Gains in Health Coverage, Latino Children Also Gain More Equitable Opportunities for Success

National Council of La Raza | Posted 01.15.2016 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

We have a great opportunity to reach our community and encourage parents to enroll for coverage along with their children. Through these efforts, more Hispanic children will not only gain health coverage but a more equitable opportunity for success in school.

Have Health Insurance? Be Ready to Prove It This Tax Season

Julie Stich | Posted 01.15.2016 | Business
Julie Stich

By now, you have probably heard that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires most individuals to obtain minimum essential health coverage or pay a penalty. If you're like me, the word "penalty" makes you a little nervous.

Congress Should Enact Obama's Medicaid Proposal

Judith Solomon | Posted 01.14.2016 | Politics
Judith Solomon

Congress should quickly enact a proposal, which President Obama will include in his 2017 budget, to give all states three years of full federal funding when they expand Medicaid -- whether they've already expanded or will in the future.

Muslim Health Professionals Continue to Live Their Faith Despite Bigotry

American Muslim Health Professionals | Posted 01.11.2016 | Impact
American Muslim Health Professionals

In the current wave of anti-Muslim hysteria, even Muslim health professionals are not immune to bigotry or racial hatred.

What Role Should the Government Have in U. S. Health Care?

John Geyman | Posted 12.29.2015 | Politics
John Geyman

For all the good that the Affordable Care Act may have done in extending the number of Americans with some form of medical insurance, it did very little to address the underlying fiscal crisis of health care, which is that our current fragmented form of delivering health insurance is unaffordable.

Health Care in 2016: Now What?

William Pierce | Posted 12.23.2015 | Politics
William Pierce

While no significant legislation will pass because it is a presidential election year, a feel-good bill or two might. However, the debate in 2016 is important as it will shape what happens in 2017 where the real action will happen.

High Deductibles and Narrow Networks: The Achilles Heel of the ACA'S Health Insurance 

John Geyman | Posted 12.22.2015 | Politics
John Geyman

Most people who have explored options or purchased health insurance on the Affordable Care Act's exchanges learned quickly that premiums and deductibl...

Jesus Emanuel's Health Care Plan

Roger Wright | Posted 12.22.2015 | Chicago
Roger Wright

Rain that just kept coming. Creepy warm winds on the first day of winter in Chicago as Jesus steps on to the evening Brown Line train and I start to t...

It's a Matter of Life and Death: Insurers Must Cover Language Services

LeeAnn Hall | Posted 12.16.2015 | Impact
LeeAnn Hall

Every day, children, other relatives, friends, and even untrained hospital staff are asked to step in to do a job only competent, professional medical interpreters should be performing. These dangerous practices persist despite federal law requiring hospitals and other health care providers to offer language services.

Rationing of Health Care: Private Gain vs. The Common Good

John Geyman | Posted 12.15.2015 | Politics
John Geyman

Rationing, the hated R-word, evokes widespread resentment and debate whenever mentioned in connection with health care in the U. S. There are many who hold that we don't ration care now, never want to, and that the free market will work its magic and be fair to all without rationing if we just keep the government out of health care.

Growing Bureaucracy and Fraud in US Health Care

John Geyman | Posted 12.08.2015 | Politics
John Geyman

There is a pervasive myth generated by conservatives that the private sector is more efficient and less bureaucratic than government. This is perpetuated by those seeking to continue the "free market" in U. S. health care, which simultaneously exploits public programs through privatization of Medicare and Medicaid.

Healthcare Funding Gaps Deepen Humanitarian Crisis in Puerto Rico

National Council of La Raza | Posted 12.07.2015 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

As Puerto Rico's financial crisis deepens, so will its impact on the most vulnerable populations, including the poor, seniors and the chronically ill. Our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico deserve the right to access healthcare.

Tallying the Successes of Medicaid Expansion

Judith Solomon | Posted 12.07.2015 | Politics
Judith Solomon

With threats to health reform and its Medicaid expansion continuing to loom, it's worth looking at some of the successes that such an effort would endanger. Specifically, the 30 states and the District of Columbia that have expanded Medicaid under health reform have realized big drops in their uninsurance rates and substantial budget savings.

CBO: Senate-Passed Budget Bill Would Reverse Almost All of Health Reform's Coverage Gains

Edwin Park | Posted 12.04.2015 | Politics
Edwin Park

The Senate-passed budget reconciliation bill would boost the number of uninsured Americans by at least 22 million starting in 2018, relative to current law. Thus, virtually all (at least 92 percent) of the historic health coverage gains that CBO expects health reform to achieve by 2018 would be lost.

The Continued Degradation of Health Insurance Under the ACA

John Geyman | Posted 12.03.2015 | Politics
John Geyman

Even if insured how much can we depend on private health insurance any more? The bottom line--less and less as it continues to degrade after almost six years under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Its coverage continues to degrade even as its costs become increasingly unaffordable.

ACA, Open Enrollment and the 'What if...?' Question

Rep. Judy Chu | Posted 11.24.2015 | Politics
Rep. Judy Chu

Affordable health insurance should not be a luxury. It is a necessity. Since I was elected to Congress in 2009, I have done everything I can to make sure that residents of the San Gabriel Valley can easily obtain affordable insurance that provides quality care.

Views On Obamacare Shift Negative

The Huffington Post | Janie Velencia | Posted 11.24.2015 | Politics

Views on Obamacare have taken a negative shift, according to a November Kaiser Family Foundation poll released Tuesday. Forty-five percent of America...

Can We Ever Achieve Affordable Health Care in the U.S.?

John Geyman | Posted 11.23.2015 | Politics
John Geyman

We have to recognize that the more unaffordable health care becomes, the less access to essential care Americans have and the worse their outcomes will be. In order to fix this huge and growing problem, we need to think much more broadly about needed approaches.

What Obama's economists get wrong about the Cadillac Tax (and why it's pissing us off)

D. Taylor | Posted 11.20.2015 | Politics
D. Taylor

Our union represents more than a quarter million hotel, food service and gaming industry workers who make at most $50,000 per year in wages and benefits. The majority of UNITE HERE's members are women and immigrants. Most drive modest family cars--not Cadillacs--if they have a car at all.

U.S. Public Health Funding On The Decline

Reuters | Erin Schumaker | Posted 11.19.2015 | Healthy Living

(Reuters Health) - U.S. public health funding – which covers things like disease prevention, cancer screenings, contraceptives and vaccines &nd...

Big PhRMA: Blatant Greed and Disregard for the Public Interest

John Geyman | Posted 11.19.2015 | Politics
John Geyman

This is not an isolated example, just the latest of a longer-term problem -- pharmaceutical companies buying up rare drugs, then making huge price increases.

Contraception and the Use and Abuse of Religious Liberty

Noah Baron | Posted 11.17.2015 | Politics
Noah Baron

Allowing religious organizations to claim, under the guise of tolerance, nearly anything to be a burden upon the exercise of their beliefs would be a substantial step toward the creation of the private hells the late political philosopher Brian Barry warned against.

Five Things Immigrant and Mixed-Status Families Should Know about Enrolling in the ACA

National Council of La Raza | Posted 11.12.2015 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

As open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) gets underway, we know there are people eligible for coverage who remain uninsured and are looking for information and resources to understand their options and get covered.