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President Obama: Get Angry About Health Care Reform

Dr. Andrew Weil | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Andrew Weil

Is the Baucus plan, the one that manages the improbable feat of making the developed world's most expensive, least effective health care system even worse, indeed the only one with a prayer of passage?

A Dose of Clarity

Dr. Andrew Weil | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Andrew Weil

If the health care debate seems like a hopeless morass, it's largely because moneyed interests want it to look that way. Matt Taibbi reminds us that the most fundamental issue is simple: Who pays, and how?

Much to Like. More to Come?

Dr. Andrew Weil | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Andrew Weil

There was much to like in President Obama's health care reform speech to a joint session of Congress. But we need to remember that medical insurance reform of any kind is doomed without medical content reform.

Health Care Reform: Still An Original And Simple Proposal

Dr. Paul Toffel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Paul Toffel

Whose plan gets my nod, for bipartisan reality and feasibility, to save and improve our unique, innovative American health care system and not saddle our country with unsustainable debt? I vote for Senator Max Baucus.

A Call to Action: Why Our Health Matters

Dr. Andrew Weil | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Andrew Weil

While there has been tremendous debate over access and payment, there has been less focus on the content of health care. Without a change in that content, we will never have a sustainable system.

Do We Need to Stay Sick Until Congress Saves Us?

Ellen Langer | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Ellen Langer

As much as we need to reform the healthcare system, we really need what I call personal healthcare reform.

Disease Mongering: Good For Big Pharma, Bad For You

Dr. Andrew Weil | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Andrew Weil

There is a growing trend to promote diseases to fit existing drugs. As a culture, we should be suspicious whenever we hear of a new "disease," and ask whether it may just be a marketing ploy.

Apparently, You CAN Fool All of the People All of the Time

Brian Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brian Ross

We are a fear-driven culture. There is a large segment of the population that, no matter how well you document it, will not let a good fact get in the way of their fears about health care reform.

Fear, Greed and X-Rays

Dr. Andrew Weil | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Andrew Weil

Fear and greed are potent motivators. When both of these forces push in the same direction, virtually no human being can resist. And doctors are human beings.

The Question No One Asks About Healthcare

Dr. Andrew Weil | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Andrew Weil

Given that we all want health and spend trillions to "care" for it, it's sobering how little thought we give to the true meaning of the term.

Man on The Street: The Vote Wants You To Get Out for It on Health Care

Brian Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brian Ross

I stood outside of a town hall meeting the other day to interview people who had participated and recorded this really amazing interview with one of the more influential speakers on health care reform.

Congress on Sale! Saints of the Hill Who Take Less Than $20,000 in Health Care $$ - The List - Part VI

Brian Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brian Ross

While they land on either side of the fence on the issue, these are some of the most interesting players in the unfolding health care reform drama.

Should You Get Your Drug Information From An Actor?

Dr. Andrew Weil | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Dr. Andrew Weil

Sally Field is a talented actor. But what qualifies her to promote Boniva, an osteoporosis drug that is of limited benefit, has worrisome side effects, and for which there are natural alternatives that merit careful consideration?

An Open Letter to Warren Buffett on Health Care: We Need You!

Dr. Paul Toffel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Paul Toffel

Mr. Buffett, you're not in the health insurance market, but this might be the opportunity to bring your successful Berkshire companies to the table, to help solve the major issue of our time.

Health-Care Reform: Common Sense Proposals Lawmakers Should Consider

Dr. Paul Toffel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Paul Toffel

My plan is to mandate that the 159 urban medical schools in the U.S. -- remembering that "school" is in their name -- be required to serve the population within their shadows.

Why Health Reform Will Fail: Part II -- Finding the Money for Health Care Reform: Made in Japan

Mark Hyman, MD | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Mark Hyman, MD

We must offer a treatment to address the causes of disease, not only send a patient to surgery. This is no longer a luxury, but a necessity to reverse this epidemic of chronic disease and costs.

Is Obama a Back-Room Blue Dog on Health Care?

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

The town halls make for good television, but they're a side-show to the main event. The real story should be about the back room deals reportedly being negotiated with the Obama administration.

Dems, Unions, Allies Push Back For Reform in Ads, Town Halls, Attacks on Blue Dogs (VIDEO)

Art Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Art Levine

The story that isn't being told in cable media's over-reaction to the GOP mobs is that of reasonable Americans coming out to understand more about health care reform and promote change

On Health Care Hearings: A Little Perspective, Please

Leonard Zeskind | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Leonard Zeskind

Progressives have badly underestimated the strength and resilience of their opposition. Republicans and conservatives retain the ability to stop the drive forward -- like scabs on a union workplace strike.

Specter Holds Town Hall Meeting (WATCH LIVE VIDEO)

AP/Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) holds another health care town hall after weathering three raucous meetings this week, this one in Kittanning, Pa.. "Trad...

Whole Foods CEO: "The Whole Foods Alternative To ObamaCare" -- Just Eat Whole Foods!

Huffington Post | Lila Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Whole Foods CEO John Mackey penned an op-ed on health care reform in Tuesday's Wall Street Journal in which he pressed, amidst more standard conservat...

Health-Care Reform: An Original And Simple Proposal

Dr. Paul Toffel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Paul Toffel

Recently, when an old friend asked me if I had a simple solution for the medical insurance and access problems on the front pages of America's newspapers, I told him: "Yes, I do."

GOP Senate Leader Acknowledges He Hasn’t Read Full Health Care Bill

The Plum Line | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Dems are getting ready to jump on GOP Senate leader Mitch McConnell over a local TV report in Kentucky saying that McConnell has acknowledged not read...

The Health Care Reform Debacle: Obama's Coming-Out

Michael Brenner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Brenner

Serious health care reform is gone with the wind. It cannot be retrieved. And the question: 'who really is Barack Obama?' is now more compelling than ever.

Ryan Grim

Internal Memo Confirms Big Giveaways In White House Deal With Big Pharma

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A memo obtained by the Huffington Post confirms that the White House and the pharmaceutical lobby secretly agreed to precisely the sort of wide-rangin...