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Hope Rules! On the Supreme Court's Ruling on Obamacare

Dr. Elaine Schattner | Posted 08.29.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Elaine Schattner

Chief Justice Roberts demonstrated that one person's out-of-the-box, thoughtful approach to a complex problem can change an outcome and save lives. The decision offers hope at three levels.

Health Care Law: All Hail The Failure Of Conventional Wisdom

Howard Fineman | Posted 08.28.2012 | Politics
Howard Fineman

Is this a great country or what? Not because the Court upheld the overall scheme of the president's health care law. That is an ordinary question, no matter how much money was at stake. It is a great country because the workings of our carefully wrought system of government are not predicated on punditry, predictions or polls. Defying the expectations, Chief Justice John Roberts joined the court's liberal wing in saving the law by grounding the individual mandate not in the power of Congress to regulate commerce, but in its taxing power. As I suggested yesterday, the court essentially said that Congress could not require people to buy something in the private economy, but they could fine them if they didn't. The court found that power to fine, in the taxing power of Article I. Now the president will have to figure out a way to make the fines in the law -- which are weak and toothless -- real.

The View From the Rooftops

Mitch Feierstein | Posted 05.07.2012 | Business
Mitch Feierstein

Shareholders need to take a hit. That way, the ground will be cleared for better managed companies and stockholders will be reminded about the responsibilities of ownership. And central bankers should take responsibility too.

What's at Stake -- No, Who's at Stake in the Great Supreme Court Case?

Jennifer Ng’andu | Posted 05.22.2012 | Politics
Jennifer Ng’andu

For or against it, hundreds of people will line up on the steps to try and secure one of the limited seats in the Court reserved for the public. And for good reason: The Supreme Court's decision will have major bearing on the health care experiences of Americans for generations to come.

Things That Are More Popular Than Congress...

The Huffington Post | Alana Horowitz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Politics

A greater percentage of Americans approve of polygamy than the United States Congress, according a set of polls. Last month, a New York Times poll ...

Howard Fineman: 'Loss Of Steam' In GOP Health Care Repeal Efforts

Huff TV | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Huff TV

As health care reform passed in 2010, some Republicans were able to hitch a ride on the repeal railroad -- all the way to Washington and a majority in...

Obama Returns To End-of-Life Plan That Caused Stir

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

When a proposal to encourage end-of-life planning touched off a political storm over "death panels," Democrats dropped it from legislation to overhaul...

Opposition To Health Care Law Hits On A Familiar Refrain

The New York Times | David Leonhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

"We are against forcing all citizens, regardless of need, into a compulsory government program," said one prominent critic of the new health care law....

Administration Braces For Setbacks To Health Law

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As the Obama administration presses ahead with the health care law, officials are bracing for the possibility that a federal judge in Virginia will so...

Administration Grants Waivers To Allow Health Insurance Below New Standards

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As Obama administration officials put into place the first major wave of changes under the health care legislation, they have tried to defuse stiffeni...

How They Passed Health Care: Tri-Com Unity, Climate Change Handicaps And The Offer Max Baucus Should Have Refused

The New Republic | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

It was Henry Waxman, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, who had tried to get tough with the manufacturers of biological drugs. He wa...

Insurers Push Plans That Limit Choices Of Doctors

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

As the Obama administration begins to enact the new national health care law, the country's biggest insurers are promoting affordable plans with reduc...

Ryan Grim

House Progressives Push Reid To Put Public Option Back On Table | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

EDITOR'S NOTE: The story below includes references to polling conducted by the firm Research 2000. The reliability and accuracy of Research 2000's pol...

The New Cigna: Not Your Father's Health Plan

Francine Hardaway | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Francine Hardaway

The health plans are beginning to figure out how they will survive and thrive under the new rules, and the way forward is, according to one managed care exec, to change how providers are paid.

Why Health Reform Was the Right Thing to Do

Raymond Leon Roker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Raymond Leon Roker

After the House passed the Democrat's health care bill, Republicans vowed to repeal the soon-to-be-law. my answer to them is, have at it. They couldn't be more wrong about what makes this country great.

Insurers Might Delay Covering Children With Pre-Existing Conditions

New York Times | ROBERT PEAR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Just days after President Obama signed the new health care law, insurance companies are already arguing that, at least for now, they do not have to pr...

What's Missing From Health Care Reform

Francine Hardaway | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Francine Hardaway

It's time to sit down and take stock of what we did and didn't do by passing health care reform. Here's what I think we did, besides scaring the spit out of half the country.

How They Passed Health Care: The Final Installment

The New Republic | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Nancy Pelosi was in the Old Executive Office Building when one of her advisers gave her a message: Obama wanted her next door, in the White House. Mar...

How They Passed Health Care: The Power Of Obama And What Olympia Snowe Really Wanted

The New Republic | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Barack Obama, the law professor, was acting like a prosecutor. He'd invited Grassley to the Oval Office, to talk about the senator's concerns. But he ...

Obama's Health Care Is 'The Biggest Attack' On Wealth Inequality In 20 Years: NYT | David Leonhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

For all the political and economic uncertainties about health reform, at least one thing seems clear: The bill that President Obama signed on Tuesday ...

The Tea Parties Mark a Milestone in Civil Rights

Tina Dupuy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tina Dupuy

The most pivotal scene in our nation's recent civil rights history was not the election of Barack Obama, it was the moment the Tea Party protesters hurled racial epithets at members of Congress.

Health Care Reform Benefits Small Nonprofits

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Hidden from the discourse during America's year-long health care debate is the benefits the bill passed by the House of Representatives will provide t...

Democratic Party Pod Congressmen

Tony Blankley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tony Blankley

Here's the thing, my leftie friends. I'm not kidding -- and neither are perhaps a majority of Americans -- seeing that health bill become law has induced in us a paranoia-like fear.

City Health Care Workers React To Reform | By Michael Mclaughlin and Edgar Sandoval | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

New Yorkers in the medical system - doctors, nurses and patients - sent up a cheer Sunday at the passage of health care reform. "Lives will change,...

How They Passed Health Care: Ted Kennedy's Seduction Process And The Utter Shamelessness Of Kent Conrad

The New Republic | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

It was an intimate gathering at Ted Kennedy's home in Washington--just the senator, his colleague Max Baucus, and three senior staffers who worked wit...