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Policy Change Is Key If We Want to Reduce Preventable Deaths

Larry Cohen | Posted 11.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Larry Cohen

I've seen prevention evolve from a fringe notion to an idea championed by communities across the country. This latest report from the CDC shows how far we still have to go -- and suggests some strategies for how we might get there.

GOP to Hispanics: Drop Dead Again, ACA Edition

Simon Rosenberg | Posted 11.19.2013 | Politics
Simon Rosenberg

For those Republicans worried about getting their party right with the new American electorate, I would be more than a bit concerned about the current attack on the Affordable Care Act. No group will benefit more from the ACA than Hispanic Americans.

Will AFL's Love Affair With 'Alt-Labor' Leave Existing Union Members Behind?

Steve Early | Posted 11.18.2013 | Business
Steve Early

Who wouldn't like to believe that a more exciting convention format prefigures a major turning point for labor?

Why SeaWorld's Cuts in Staff Hours Is No Suprise To Me

David Kirby | Posted 11.11.2013 | Business
David Kirby

SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. is cutting hours for 18,000 part-time and seasonal workers, in a move that will allow it to skirt provisions of the new Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, and save millions from not providing healthcare coverage to those employees at 11 parks around the country.

Improving the Public's Health Through the Affordable Care Act

Kathleen Sebelius | Posted 11.11.2013 | Politics
Kathleen Sebelius

President Obama and the entire Obama administration have made prevention and public health a top priority because of the lasting effects they have on the health of Americans.

This Is What Happens When You Push Back A Deadline

Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D. | Posted 10.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D.

What happens when we move back deadlines? Research suggests we have a lot of difficulty using our newly-found time wisely. We wind up facing the same problem again -- only now we've gone an additional week, or month, or year without reaching an important goal.

Why Innovation Can Shape Health Care Just as Much as Politics

Oliver Kharraz, M.D. | Posted 10.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Oliver Kharraz, M.D.

There is good news for patients. When we engage with the health care system, we no longer have to rely on the public sector. I believe we are seeing the blossoming of an exciting new era, where innovation, just as much as politics, can shape health care.

Zach Carter

Tea Partiers Use Cardboard Stand-In For Absent Republican

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 08.29.2013 | Politics

When Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho) was unable to attend a town hall meeting earlier this month, Idaho's Gem State Tea Party opted to host a mock event h...

Sex, Politics, Religion? Actually... Health

Emily Spitzer | Posted 10.27.2013 | Politics
Emily Spitzer

Even though 28 states required contraception coverage long before the Affordable Care Act was passed, opponents of "Obamacare" are using the issue to challenge the law in lawsuits filed across the country.

Friday Talking Points -- PBS, Citizen Koch, and Obama's Press Conference

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.09.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Love him or hate him, call him "patriot" or "traitor" -- it is now absolutely impossible to argue that Edward Snowden's leaks weren't effective, meaningful, and will actually cause the federal government to have a national conversation with its citizens about what it feels it is legally able to do.

Both Sides in GOP's Civil War Over Obamacare Want to Put Insurance Companies Back in Charge

Ethan Rome | Posted 09.30.2013 | Politics
Ethan Rome

In an unusual week when the Republicans are at each other's throats, they're still on the same side in the fight that matters: They're for the insurance industry, not us.

Obamacare Train Wreck

Jeff Danziger | Posted 09.27.2013 | Politics
Jeff Danziger

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Republicans' Anti-Obamacare 2014 Strategy

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.17.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Ask any true conservative, they will give you chapter and verse on the subject. Republicans have convinced themselves that this outcome is preordained and cannot be avoided. But what if they're wrong?

The Role of the 'Employer Mandate' in the Affordable Care Act

Bob Semro | Posted 09.11.2013 | Denver
Bob Semro

Simply put, the employer-responsibility provision will require some businesses to provide an adequate level of affordable health insurance coverage to their employees or pay a penalty. Calling it a mandate is a bit of a misnomer, because the penalty does not apply to the vast majority of employers.

What You Need to Know Today About Obamacare

John Whyte, M.D., MPH | Posted 09.08.2013 | Politics
John Whyte, M.D., MPH

There are a lot of changes occurring in health care -- both in terms of new drugs and technologies as well as how it is delivered. I bet you have a l...

Delay Won't Keep People From Obtaining Health Coverage

Judith Solomon | Posted 09.02.2013 | Politics
Judith Solomon

Here's the bottom line about the Obama Administration's announcement yesterday to delay health reform's employer responsibility requirement and related reporting rules until 2015:  it will not keep people from getting health coverage, which is the key goal of health reform.

ACA Puts Health Care in the Hiring Line

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 08.19.2013 | Politics
Preetam Kaushik

Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) constitutional, the stage is set for the most fundamental shift in the health care industry in a few decades.

Marketing Obamacare Insurance

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 08.20.2013 | Business
Sarah O'Leary

If we want to sell health insurance, it behooves us to study how the same purchasing audience buys cornflakes.

The Real Math on Medicaid

Emily Spitzer | Posted 08.18.2013 | Politics
Emily Spitzer

Why has Governor Brewer parted ways with her fellow Republican governors on this hot-button question? I suspect it's because she has looked behind the political rhetoric and understands a few key facts.

Health Care Costs: Fewer Americans Have Trouble Paying Medical Bills

Tom Frieden, MD, MPH | Posted 08.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Tom Frieden, MD, MPH

CDC's report, Problems Paying Medical Bills: Early Release of Estimates From the National Health Interview Survey, January 2011-June 2012, provides some encouraging news. The data show fewer Americans have trouble paying their medical bills.

Key Obamacare Criticism Demolished

New York Magazine | Posted 08.05.2013 | Politics

The incessant drumbeat of predictions that the Affordable Care Act will wreak havoc upon the land is a long, frustrated quest to find sympathetic vict...

The Affordable Care Act Accident

Janis Powers | Posted 07.28.2013 | Politics
Janis Powers

Those who support the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA or "Obamacare") see it as a landmark victory for Democrats in their pursuit to p...

Supporting Children's Mental Health

Tom Frieden, MD, MPH | Posted 05.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Tom Frieden, MD, MPH

Research has shown us that intervening early at the individual, family, and community level can delay or prevent the on-set of mental and substance use disorders. We also know that these can be treated, and individuals with these conditions can lead healthy productive lives.

Wellness Coverage and Obamacare

Sherry Kahn | Posted 07.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Sherry Kahn

Everyone is talking and worrying about the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which became law in 2010. What has received less attention are the provisions for preventive care and potentially increasing access to health care providers who practice from a whole person, naturalistic perspective.

Let's Move On and Implement Health Care Reform

Rep. Tony Cardenas | Posted 07.15.2013 | Politics
Rep. Tony Cardenas

For many Latino families, there is no more important issue than access to quality, affordable health care. How can Republicans say they are interested in addressing the needs of the Latino community when they seek to repeal a law that would greatly benefit Latinos?