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What You Really Need to Know About Health Care Reform (aka Obamacare)

Maria Rodale | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Maria Rodale

  After all the dust settles and democracy returns to sanity, many of us will still be left with a big question: What really is all this healt...

Republicans Kill Compromise, Continue to Offer Nothing

Dale Hansen | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Dale Hansen

The problem for Democrats is that they continue to be Charlie Brown to the Republicans' Lucy. At some point you just can't work with someone who continues to yank the ball away after promising this time will be different.

Tea Party Roadmap to Winning Via Shutdown

Marcus Landsberg | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Marcus Landsberg

Why should the Tea Party cooperate with the rest of Congress, if cooperating means they lose 100% of the achievements they've made?

Should All Personal Information Be Encrypted?

Adam Levin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Adam Levin

As we roll out the technology to implement the Affordable Care Act -- with millions of Americans signing up for the first time -- attempts to find and exploit weaknesses in the system are bound to increase.

Sebelius Lives in Alternate Universe

Deane Waldman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Deane Waldman

Our U.S. Secretary of Health, Kathleen Sebelius, apparently does not live in the world that you and I inhabit. In her world, - the fede...

Get Covered: Being LGBT Is No Longer a Pre-Existing Condition

Donna Red Wing | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Donna Red Wing

Finally, being a woman, a lesbian, a gay man, a bisexual or a transgender person is no longer considered a pre-existing condition. In addition, Health and Human Services is working with community centers serving the LGBT community to employ prevention strategies to address concerns.

The Tea Party Has Already Won

Marcus Landsberg | Posted 12.09.2013 | Politics
Marcus Landsberg

What government department does the Tea Party want to be funded that is not currently being funded right now during the shutdown? I can't think of one.

The Republican Shutdown and Time Magazine's False Equivalency

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Joseph A. Palermo

Scherer and Altman leave Time readers with the impression that somehow Nancy Pelosi is equally responsible for the Republican Tea Party crazies in the House who are driving the country into the ground to win concessions from the president they despise.

Republicans Say They're Not to Blame for Shutdown -- Except They Really Are

Dale Hansen | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Dale Hansen

Suggesting we are in a shutdown because the Democrats won't compromise ignores the rhetoric from Republicans over the past few years threatening to shut down the government.

Ending Poverty Through Health Care

Sid Mohn | Posted 12.07.2013 | Chicago
Sid Mohn

In the most basic sense, the law mandates that quality health care must be available to all Americans, regardless of income. The deeper value, however, is much greater. In passing this law, we as a nation made a decision to validate the belief that health care is a human right.

Republicans Want Smaller Government? Opt-Out of Those Dirty Socialist Programs - What Is Stopping You?

Leslie K. Stein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Leslie K. Stein

We know the shutdown is not about fiscal responsibility. If it was, Republicans would not have run up the deficit under W by trillions of dollars with two unpaid wars, unpaid Medicare prescription plan, and the Bush tax cuts.

Contempt for President Obama Is Behind the Shutdown

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

The government shutdown is not driven by a Republican desire to overturn the Affordable Care Act. Nor is it about trying to reign in government spending. It is, at its core, the latest act in an effort by the far right of the Republican Party to delegitimize the presidency of Barack Obama.

GOP's Obamacare Strategy: It's Simple, Really.

Rick Horowitz | Posted 12.07.2013 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Sometimes it's not all that complicated... ...

The Health Care Crisis: The Financing Fight Obscures More Fundamental Issues

Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D

We know two truths about this new health crisis: It is global, and our current pill-for-an-ill medical model is ill-equipped -- is indeed helpless -- to confront it.

Is Being Gay or Bi Enough? The Rise of the Queer ConservaDems

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 12.04.2013 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

These candidates are promoted as progressives and sold as such to LGBT and progressive donors, disingenuously using their queerness during Democratic primaries as a way to give them street cred with progressives while their records and intentions are otherwise.

It's Not Really About Obamacare

Harlan Green | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Harlan Green

We know the federal government's shutdown isn't really about Obamacare. We know this because Tea Party Republicans have been trying to shut down gove...

Today I Am Waving My Wig for Obamacare and Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Heidi Mulligan Walker | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Heidi Mulligan Walker

The only way that my positive cancer experience has been possible is thanks to two things: health insurance and advances in breast cancer research. I have a health insurance plan through my husband's job that offers comprehensive cover for cancer treatment.

'A Marathon, Not a Sprint': Enroll America Tells Uninsured Floridians About the Federal Exchange

Erin N. Marcus, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Miami
Erin N. Marcus, M.D.

With a huge uninsured population, and a legislature that refuses to carry out the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Florida has been a focus of national efforts to promote enrollment in the ACA's federal health insurance exchange.

How Our Health Care System Is Changing

Geeta Nayyar, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Geeta Nayyar, M.D.

These are among the many ways that implementation of the ACA is changing the U.S. health care system. Starting Oct. 1 and running through March 31, Americans will be able to sign up for new ACA-compliant policies directly from an insurer or through a state or federal marketplace.

Welcoming Obamacare for Some, Fighting for Care for All

Marielena Hincapié | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Marielena Hincapié

There is one critical gap in Obamacare. To build a healthy society and economy, lawmakers must allow everyone -- regardless of immigration status -- the opportunity to participate in the insurance exchanges.

How Dare You? How DARE You? HOW DARE YOU?!?

Lisa Longo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Lisa Longo

That was Darrell Issa's question to reporters. How dare who? Me? How dare I? How DARE I? HOW DARE I? Where do I start? This is about Issa and his ba...

Open Letter to Health Reform Advocates: Pay Attention to Discrimination

Robert Espinoza | Posted 11.30.2013 | Gay Voices
Robert Espinoza

The harms inflicted by discrimination reveal themselves in our bodies as we age -- as people of color, as poor and low-income people, and as LGBT people. The symptoms manifest as higher rates of high blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease, HIV/AIDS, depression, social isolation and more.

My Obamacare Anxiety: America's Largest Digital Start-Up Probably Lacks the Right Digital Talent

Adam Hanft | Posted 11.30.2013 | Politics
Adam Hanft

There are some things government does an okay job at. Building roads, rescuing people from floods, threatening Syria. For the sake of our health care system, let's hope that building friendly, functioning, convincing and intuitive ecommerce sites is one of them.

Doctor's Advice: Get Health Insurance

Manoj Jain, MD MPH | Posted 11.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Manoj Jain, MD MPH

If you trust your doctor with your life, you should trust his or her advice. Get insurance and encourage your family, friends, neighbors and acquaintances to get health insurance.

Bringing Quality Health Care to All Americans

Nancy Brown | Posted 11.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

As long as we keep our eyes on what's important -- providing quality and affordable health care to millions more American -- we can focus on the kind of total care that encourages people to take an active role in their health.