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Affordable Health Care

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.

The Power of "Prophetic" Grief

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 09.11.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Prophetic grief can spur action and change; instead of focusing on the one who murders, we need to focus on the larger culture that fosters hatred and violence. It's easier to deal with the 'who' and singularize the crime and make one person responsible and thereby excuse ourselves.

16.4 Million Reasons to Celebrate the 5th Anniversary of Obamacare

Rep. Jan Schakowsky | Posted 05.23.2015 | Politics
Rep. Jan Schakowsky

Five years ago, President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law. What is crystal clear today is that the ACA, which I proudly call Obamacare, is working.

Let's Talk King v. Burwell and the Potential Impact of Higher Health Care Costs on Patients

Jeffrey Caballero | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics
Jeffrey Caballero

Removal of the tax credits from the Affordable Care Act means worse health outcomes for health center patients. Those who could have entered the health system at an early and treatable point of a health condition may end up visiting their health center/ER with a much more complicated (and costly) issue. Not only is this a moral argument, it's a basic public health argument.

Here Are The States Where Obamacare Subsidies Could Disappear

The Huffington Post | Emily Cohn | Posted 03.03.2015 | Business

A new Supreme Court case could strip affordable health care from as many as 10 million people.

Fewer People Are Having Trouble Paying Medical Bills, Thanks To Obamacare

The Huffington Post | Emily Cohn | Posted 01.15.2015 | Business

The number of Americans struggling to pay medical bills fell last year for the first time in nearly a decade -- the latest sign that Obamacare is maki...

We Need to Create an Enabling Environment for Health Innovation

Krista Donaldson | Posted 08.25.2014 | Impact
Krista Donaldson

No matter where you live, or your income level, healthcare is ripe for change. The state of health in 2024 will be radically better, but only if we create an enabling environment for implementation and adoption health innovations.

Jack Lorenz of Equality California Talks Transgender Health Care and Equality (AUDIO)

Toni Newman | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Toni Newman

Jack believes that the transgender community is the most marginalized community in America, and that only with acceptance and understanding can society overcome its fear of the transgender community.

Millions Left Behind By Obamacare

AP | By CONNIE CASS | Posted 05.24.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alan Thacker wants health coverage, but he can't get help in his home state of Georgia. Mary Moscarello Gutierrez no longer can af...

"This New Health Plan Forces Us Women to Focus on Our OWN Health"

Suzanne Skees | Posted 04.20.2014 | Impact
Suzanne Skees

Healthy workers not only feel happier, they work more productively to earn higher incomes for their families. Freedom from hunger, an integrated-servi...

Celebrating, Continuing and Building on CHIP's Success

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Although CHIP is authorized through 2019, its funding is running out and will virtually disappear by October 2015 unless Congress takes immediate action. If funding is not continued, millions of children would lose health coverage.

All Health Care Is Local, Part 3: Tanzania

Eric Silfen, M.D. | Posted 02.15.2014 | Impact
Eric Silfen, M.D.

In the United States, obstetric fistula is virtually unknown. This isn't the case in in the developing world, where obstetric fistula affects more than two million poor women and girls, Some 50,000 to 100,000 new cases occur each year.

All Health Care Is Local, Part 2: Guatemala

Eric Silfen, M.D. | Posted 02.09.2014 | Impact
Eric Silfen, M.D.

The late Tip O'Neill, former speaker of the U.S. House, coined the phrase "all politics is local," by which he meant that politicians become successfu...

Many Uninsured African Americans Will Benefit From Obamacare, Except The Ones In This City

Colorlines | Posted 12.10.2013 | Black Voices

Of the 6.8 million uninsured African-Americans who are eligible for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, 60 percent meet the income thres...

All Health Care Is Local, Part 1: Uganda

Eric Silfen, M.D. | Posted 02.08.2014 | Impact
Eric Silfen, M.D.

This groundbreaking technology is changing lives in Uganda. And it is affordable -- with a cost equivalent to about $1 per patient visit.

How Obamacare Might Affect Young Americans

Munir Moon | Posted 01.25.2014 | College
Munir Moon

Without young, mostly healthy people pouring money into the new insurance pool, the Affordable Care Act would not be, well, affordable.

WATCH: An Obamacare Dream Comes True

Posted 10.03.2013 | Black Voices

Marcelas Owens has had extraordinary experiences in his lifetime. At age eight, he lost his mother and responded to his heartbreaking loss by beco...

Is Obamacare What the Doctor Ordered for Kids with Autism?

Areva Martin | Posted 12.01.2013 | Politics
Areva Martin

Given the research and recommendations by the nation's leading pediatricians, the majority of states are not following the doctors' orders. Children with autism need more, deserve more and are counting on all of us to ensure they get more.

A Labor Day Opportunity

Thomas E. Perez | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics
Thomas E. Perez

Let's use Labor Day 2013 as an opportunity to reflect on the men and women whose heads, hearts and hands have made ours the strongest economy the world has ever known.

Activists: Free Trade Pact Will Restrict Access To Affordable Medicines

AP | EILEEN NG | Posted 07.03.2013 | Business

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- A free trade pact being negotiated by the U.S. and 11 Asia-Pacific nations will impose aggressive intellectual property rule...

What Angelina Jolie Did Is Something We Should All Be Able to Do

Colleen Crinion | Posted 07.20.2013 | Women
Colleen Crinion

I don't know if my mother could have been saved, or simply had her life extended, if she had better access to medical care. It's possible that for her, there wasn't anything else to do. For so many other mothers though, that is not the case.

Got Any Spare Change (Theory)?

Jared Bernstein | Posted 05.24.2013 | Business
Jared Bernstein

I suspect the Koch brothers are perfectly happy to have folks like me running around arguing about the correct deflator to use or the percent of the Ryan budget's spending cuts affecting low-income programs, while they continue to buy "research" that says otherwise and policies that exacerbate inequality. That doesn't mean we give up on factual analysis. It's what we do best and I will not be convinced that facts are irrelevant. But neither will I kid myself that facts matter anywhere near as much as they should, or that they will win the day anytime soon. Despite evidence to the contrary, we will be stuck with austerity economics and "Obamacare kills children" for the indeterminate future. More damagingly, we may well be unable to ban assault weapons or take actions against climate change, all due to... what? A missing movement? An inadequate theory of how change occurs? Lack of money? Votes?

A Safer Way to Affordable Health Care

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 04.02.2013 | Business
Peter A. Georgescu

Programs that incentivize healthful choices like Safeway's, if embraced at companies throughout the nation, might go a long way toward bringing health care expenditures down.

Providing Care for Those Who Need It Most

Amy R. Hamlin | Posted 02.18.2013 | Impact
Amy R. Hamlin

Regardless of health care policies or politics, Volunteers in Medicine clinics will be needed indefinitely to continue to care for those who remain uninsured, who fall through the cracks or are unable to afford health insurance.

The Mexican Health Care Solution?

American Anthropological Association | Posted 10.22.2012 | Politics
American Anthropological Association

While the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has continuously warned people about the risks, the message seems ineffective to those who see Mexico as the only viable option to a medical system that threatens their economic existence.