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Lessons From Letterman in Health Reform

Robert Reich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Reich

If Obama doesn't weigh in forcefully and say "no" to the hush money arranged in January for Big Pharma, big insurance, and the AMA, America's middle class will get walloped. And so will he in 2012.

Waffling Democrats' Health Care Hypocrisy

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter Dreier

After years of feeding at the health insurance industry trough, it's no wonder these conservative Democratic senators oppose a public option plan to compete for consumers.

AMA Faces Revolt After Humiliating Senate Defeat

AP | JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Does the AMA matter in the health care debate? Congress is beginning to have its doubts, despite the medical association's deep poc...

Meet UnitedHealth CEO Stephen Hemsley: Rich, Powerful, Not Yet Famous

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Business as usual for Hemsley and UnitedHealth is a chronic pattern of abuse and neglect of its policy-holders, along with a powerful political influence-peddling operation that involves costly campaign contributions.

Leaning Left? The AMA at a Crossroads

Victor Li | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Victor Li

Historically, whenever a Democratic president has tried to expand or reform health care, the American Medical Association has stood in the way. But in the current debate, the AMA has supported health care reform.

AMA Votes To Seek Repeal Of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

AP | LINDSEY TANNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

CHICAGO — The American Medical Association on Tuesday voted to oppose the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, and declared that gay marri...

HealthCare Focus: Quality versus Cost

Philip Lee Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Philip Lee Miller

Service, expertise, and time. Those are the real challenges of the Healthcare debate.

Why Medical Malpractice Reform Is Off Limits

wsj.com | PHILIP K. HOWARD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Eliminating defensive medicine could save upwards of $200 billion in health-care costs annually, according to estimates by the American Medical Associ...

Ignored by All Media: Major Health Care Provider Organizations Testify in Support of House Bill

Paul Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Abrams

It might do the media well to devote more than one segment to the reality that the major health care providers and established patient organizations support the President's health care reform.

Obama: Confident Congress Will Pass "Good Health Care Bill"

AP | STEVEN R. HURST | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama began a week that will dwell heavily on overhauling the health care system, declaring himself confident Cong...

Baucus Co-Op Plan "Authored" By Ex-Insurance Industry VP

Campaign Silo | Jane Hamsher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

When Max Baucus circulated his draft plan earlier this week, the PDF documentation page (image) indicates that the "author" was ex-Wellpoint VP Liz Fo...

New Jersey Doctors Getting Paid Extra To Save Hospitals Money

AP | GEOFF MULVIHILL | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

MOUNT LAUREL, N.J. — A dozen New Jersey hospitals are paying doctors as an incentive to save the hospitals money. The principle is known as gai...

The Truth About Socialized Medicine

Madeleine M. Kunin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Madeleine M. Kunin

Ronald Reagan turned out to be wrong. Most of us are so happy, in our sunset years, to have access to Medicare, and yes, we are still free.

AP Fact Check: No 'Death Panel' In Health Care Bill

AP | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin says the health care overhaul bill would set up a "death panel." Federal ...

What Doctors Actually Endorse For Healthcare Reform (Hint: It's Not In This Bill)

Dr. Daniel Palestrant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Dr. Daniel Palestrant

On July 16th, the American Medical Association endorsed the House Healthcare Reform Bill. Since then over 10,000 US physicians have used Sermo to voi...

Spinning Health Care: A Bad Case of Vertigo

Norman Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norman Solomon

A "public plan" coexisting with the private health insurance system is inherently reconciled to major inequality in access to health care.

Too Fat to Be a Surgeon General?

Linda Bergthold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

The National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance has taken up the cause of defending Surgeon General Nominee Benjamin. The discrimination against people of "weight" is real, and it is not something to joke about.

Why Physicians Always Get Screwed, Thanks AMA

Dr. Daniel Palestrant | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Daniel Palestrant

On July 16th, the AMA publicly endorsed the House Healthcare Reform Bill. Like many physicians in this country, I was shocked and surprised, given th...

Health Care Reform: The "Pedal to the Metal"

Miles J. Zaremski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles J. Zaremski

The nastier the attacks against health care reform become, the more worried opponents become that finally our country will get sorely needed reforms.

AMA Endorses House Health Reform Bill

AP | LINDSEY TANNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

CHICAGO — The American Medical Association on Thursday endorsed a liberal health overhaul bill that includes a public insurance option, a bold s...

For the Health of the Nation: Ensure a Public Option

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

The last time the World Health Organization stacked up countries' health systems, the United States came in 37th, behind Chile, Morocco, Cyprus and even drug war-torn Colombia.

The Biggest Risk To US Physicians: The AMA

Dr. Daniel Palestrant | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Daniel Palestrant

The sad fact is that the AMA membership has now shrunk to the point where the organization should no longer claim that it represents physicians in this country.

Bloomberg: Public Option Is Best Way To Fix Health Care

The New York Daily News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The principles that President Obama has outlined for national health care reform are driven by a goal that I share: universal access to affordable hea...

AMA Reverses Position, Says Open To Government-Funded Insurance

CNN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

(CNN) -- The new president of the American Medical Association, which represents the interests of the nation's doctors, said Wednesday the group is op...

Who's Hogging Our Antibiotics?

Laura Rogers | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Laura Rogers

The way we are raising our food animals -- by regularly feeding them human antibiotics -- is putting human health at risk.