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Another Obamacare 'Horror Story' Debunked; and, No, the President Didn't Lie About the Law

Bob Cesca | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Bob Cesca

As the week began, another "Obamacare" horror story hit the press, instigating a fleet of outrage-pornographers to continue self-flagellating and screeching about the disastrous Affordable Care Act -- selectively forgetting about actual healthcare horror stories that existed before the law was implemented.

Jon Stewart and Democrats Should Be Honest About Obama's Failures Including the Obamacare Rollout

Matt Jones | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Matt Jones

I love Jon Stewart, but sometimes he is too soft on Obama. This past week he has been critical of the Affordable Care Act rollout, but he chides as if...

If You Like Your Health Care

Jeff Danziger | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


Some Badly Needed Historical Perspective Regarding the Affordable Care Act

Bob Cesca | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Bob Cesca

Okay, I get it. The website is still glitchy; there are evidently people who are losing their current health insurance plans; premiums continue to rise; and the Republicans along with irresponsible members of the press are blowing it entirely out proportion. Enough!

Why Is Affordable Health Care Such a Bitter Pill for Some to Swallow?

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Lee A. Saunders

There's no doubt was weighed down by technical problems and that there are concerns about the ACA that need to be addressed. But this doesn't mean we should abandon the crucial health care reform that is now, for the first time, the law of the land.

What's the GOP Strategy to Deal With Obamacare's Success?

Fernando Espuelas | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Fernando Espuelas

Perhaps the oft-repeated truism that the biggest fear of Tea Party Republicans is that people will actually be happy with ACA -- and thereby fatally undermine their goal of dismantling the social safety net -- is correct.

It Ain't the Lawyers: Medical Malpractice Costs Have Been Dropping

David Belk | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
David Belk

Am I unique among doctors in how little I pay for medical malpractice? Not really, but before we discuss what other doctors pay, I'd like to discuss national trends for medical malpractice. Believe it or not, the cost of medical malpractice has been dropping, nationally, for about a decade.

Are Liberals Just as Bad as Republicans When it Comes to Rhetoric and Spin on the Affordable Care Act?

Andy Ostroy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

Talk to a passionate Democrat and they'll more than likely offer you this lofty opinion of themselves: "We're the smart ones. The rational and logical ones. The ones who care about others. We're better than they are." But are they?

The Latest Affordable Care Act Dust-up Should Not Be a Dust-up

Jared Bernstein | Posted 12.29.2013 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

'Tis the season to attack the Affordable Care Act, no matter if this one is a greatest hit from 2010. At issue is the president's claim when selling health care reform that if you like your current health plan, you can keep it. That point in turn was based on the provision that grandfathered existing plans in the individual market (neither employer-based or government provided) by granting exemptions from various standards and consumer protections that came into effect when the law was signed in 2010. However, as clearly stated at the time, if such a plan were to significantly change in ways that are inconsistent with consumer protections under the ACA, that it would lose its grandfathered status.

Help Wanted: Republicans Required to Fix Obamacare

Dale Hansen | Posted 12.28.2013 | Politics
Dale Hansen

In the end, all of the complaints won't change the past. The ACA was passed and Barack Obama was reelected. Even our nation's most sacred document has been updated 27 times. Are we really supposed to believe that the ACA is an all or nothing proposition?


Jeff Danziger | Posted 12.28.2013 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


The Future of the Health Insurance Policy

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

The bigger problem is that for the ACA to work financially, healthy people, particularly young childless healthy people, need to sign up for insurance. In any health insurance system, these young healthy people keep the cost down for others.

Friday Talking Points -- Monkey Business

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

This may be the quotation of the week, from Representative Frank Pallone, describing the House "Obamacare Is So Very, Very Bad" hearings held this week.

If the ACA Rollout Seems Rough, Wait Until the Right 'Reforms' Medicare

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Neoliberals, beware. You need to think less about placating corporate sponsors and reflect more on that old adage: If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

Getting It Right

Rep. Stacey Abrams | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Rep. Stacey Abrams

Remedies are available for most of the ills of and the ACA, and as a nation that prides itself on innovation and reinvention, we are honor-bound to find the right prescription.

The Myth of the Republican Civil War

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 10.22.2013 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

To a large extent, the Republican Party's congressional leadership sees their problem as one of branding. They understand that being seen as the party of older white men damages them, so they seek to find faces of the party who are younger, female and non-white.

Shutting Down Families in Need

Sid Mohn | Posted 12.22.2013 | Chicago
Sid Mohn

Congress will once again be forced to deal with these same issues. And as we anticipate these conversations, I and many of my colleagues wonder -- can we count on them to keep families in poverty from falling into hunger, homelessness, and danger in the middle of winter?

Pop Quiz: What Do October, Lemons and Angelina Jolie Have in Common?

Emily Spitzer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Emily Spitzer

How fitting that this year Breast Cancer Awareness Month also coincides with the launch of the Affordable Care Act's Health Care Marketplaces.

Conservative Media's Obamacare Glitch

Dale Hansen | Posted 12.22.2013 | Politics
Dale Hansen

Perhaps instead of finding every possible way to tear the system down conservatives can offer some solutions -- any solutions -- that could make the ACA a law that at least 51 percent of Americans could be proud of.

Hooray for Disaster

Jeff Danziger | Posted 12.22.2013 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


Heritage Foundation's Health Care Report Is Another Big Lie

Ethan Rome | Posted 12.21.2013 | Politics
Ethan Rome

America's leading conservative think tank has issued a report on health care premiums under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and it bears a strong resemblance to the immigration study -- it's garbage.

Zach Carter

Top Republican Slams Ted Cruz: 'Show A Little Self-Restraint' | Zach Carter | Posted 10.20.2013 | Politics

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) said Sunday that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and other tea party members of Congress need to "show a little self-restrain...

Zach Carter

Marco Rubio Rewrites Government Shutdown History | Zach Carter | Posted 10.21.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) on Sunday attempted to distance himself from the government shutdown strategy he and other potential GOP presi...

The Making of 'How to Make the ACA T'Werk for You'

Matthew Rose | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Matthew Rose

We have spent countless days wrestling with the same question that many other professionals in the health care field have wrestled with: How do we engage black gay men, our community, around the Affordable Care Act? The end result was "How to Make the ACA T'Werk for You."

Healthcare and Financial Disaster: We All Know Someone, Even the President

Vivian Norris | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Vivian Norris

Many many Americans have known and still do know people who have become fragile economically because they fell ill. People should not have to spend their last days worrying about health care costs. We are a civilized nation and now we are beginning to act like one.