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Health Care Costs

Why Does 51% Own Less Than 1%?

K. Sujata | Posted 12.14.2011 | Chicago
K. Sujata

Women make up half the population and 40 percent of the world's workforce but hold just one percent of the world's wealth. We need to assume responsibility, ensuring women have safe and healthy lives.

Health Care: A Casualty of Class Warfare

John Geyman | Posted 12.10.2011 | Politics
John Geyman

As the recession rolls on without signs of relief on the horizon, a growing army of millions of Americans is finding it impossible to gain access to necessary health care that is affordable.

Premiums Skyrocketing Where Health Insurers Have Their Way With State Legislators, As in Maine

Wendell Potter | Posted 12.06.2011 | Politics
Wendell Potter

It would be hard to find a state where the investment in campaign contributions by the insurance industry has paid better dividends than in Maine.

Pass Rate Review Legislation to Keep Health Insurance Premiums Down

Sen. Dianne Feinstein | Posted 12.06.2011 | Politics
Sen. Dianne Feinstein

As steps are being taken under the health reform law to stabilize insurance rates, lower costs and coordinate care, a recent survey shows that health insurance premiums continue to rise.

The Transparency Solution to Rising Health Care Costs

Giovanni Colella, MD | Posted 11.28.2011 | Politics
Giovanni Colella, MD

As with any free market, fair competition will deliver innovation and lower costs -- health care should not be the exception.

Health Insurance Costs Surging This Year, Snapping Trend Toward Moderate Growth

AP | TOM MURPHY | Posted 11.27.2011 | Business

INDIANAPOLIS — The cost of employer-sponsored health insurance surged this year, snapping a trend toward moderate growth, but experts say these ...

Dave Jamieson

Health Care Costs At Center Of California Labor Disputes | Dave Jamieson | Posted 11.20.2011 | Business

More than 20,000 nurses and hospital workers will likely go on strike throughout California later this week, in one of the largest such work stoppages...

Does President Obama Want to Impose a Crushing Burden on Our Children?

Dean Baker | Posted 11.12.2011 | Politics
Dean Baker

The latest budget proposal to raise the age of Medicare eligibility is a proposal to increase health care costs to our children and grandchildren by $2.7 trillion. The idea that this cut is being presented as somehow helping our children is a sick joke.

Upside Down Health Care: Why It Matters

John Geyman | Posted 10.28.2011 | Politics
John Geyman

Up to the middle of the last century, most Americans could count on good access to generalist primary care physicians with the training and commitment to evaluate and treat their medical problems, whatever they might be. Those days are long gone.

Medical Consumers Are Gaining More Power

Dr. Cindy Haines | Posted 10.25.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Cindy Haines

Many Americans are getting their health coverage through high-deductible plans these days, so they have a newfound interest in seeking bargains ...

The Economic Urgency of Health Care Reform

Gov. Peter Shumlin | Posted 10.05.2011 | Politics
Gov. Peter Shumlin

I have launched an ambitious effort to implement a single payer health care system in Vermont. Under the plan, single payer coverage will be a right and not a privilege, and will not be connected to employment. This is groundbreaking.

Be a Real-Life Hercules -- Stand Up for Kids' Health

Kevin Sorbo | Posted 10.03.2011 | Impact
Kevin Sorbo

Superheroes. They're everywhere these days. And while watching Captain America can certainly raise your heart rate, wouldn't it be something if those watching would be inspired to get their heart rates up while exercising instead?

Good Health: Your Most Important Investment

Pamela Yellen | Posted 09.27.2011 | Healthy Living
Pamela Yellen

Although few personal finance columnists consider fitness and diet part of their terrain, we all should. Effectively managing your health can reliably produce a financial windfall unmatched by Wall Street, precious metals and every other retirement plan staple.

How to 'Get Smart' About Diabetes Prevention

James R. Knickman | Posted 09.17.2011 | Healthy Living
James R. Knickman

If we want to get serious about turning the tide on diabetes, we need to get smart about spreading effective prevention strategies.

Efforts To Lower Health Costs, Improve Care

Posted 09.14.2011 | Healthy Living

At Utah-based Intermountain Healthcare, comparative research made physicians realize that inducing early childbirth in healthy women created unnec...

Dave Jamieson

As Kaiser Workers Face Cuts, Execs Have Enjoyed Lavish Benefits | Dave Jamieson | Posted 09.11.2011 | Business

Despite strong profits and robust executive compensation at Kaiser Permanente, workers for the Calfornia-based health care giant say they're facing do...

House Leadership Supported Massive Giveaways to Big Ag while Taking a Chainsaw to Nutrition & Food Safety

Elizabeth Kucinich | Posted 09.04.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth Kucinich

The last thing our country needs is a taxpayer-funded subsidy system that favors the very foods that contribute to heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. But that's exactly what key members in the House are standing behind.

More Reliance on Over-the-Counter Medicine Could Save Billions

Paul A. London | Posted 08.24.2011 | Politics
Paul A. London

Greater use of safe, effective and low cost OTCs could help Americans cut healthcare costs and ease the burden on overworked primary care physicians.

Agricultural Policy Should Fuel Health, Not Epidemics!

Elizabeth Kucinich | Posted 07.24.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth Kucinich

In 2009, USDA spent more than twice as much buying meat and dairy as it did on fruits and vegetables. What that means is that the USDA used taxpayers' money to buy about $1.5 billion worth of meat and dairy.

Health Care Could Kill Us: We Don't Have to Let It

Andrew Reinbach | Posted 07.23.2011 | Politics
Andrew Reinbach

It seems to me that if we can screw up our courage, face the facts and choose wisely, we can have a batter life and a better death, and the American people can have better health care in the bargain.

Invest Now or Pay Later

Terry Tamminen | Posted 07.11.2011 | Green
Terry Tamminen

So what do sick kids and garbage-collecting fishermen have in common? Shortsighted investment and environmental protection policies.

It's the Prices, Stupid: Consumers Don't Drive High Health Care Costs

Richard Kirsch | Posted 07.11.2011 | Politics
Richard Kirsch

The reason that health care costs so much in the United States is not that we consume too much health care; it's that we pay too much for what we consume.

Modernizing Health Care: Lessons From The Matrix (Yes, the Movie)

Roy Schoenberg, M.D. | Posted 07.10.2011 | Politics
Roy Schoenberg, M.D.

Fortune-telling aside, if we empower patients with both the instrument to choose and acquire their care, and the way to do so responsibly -- we may see health care spending inching towards sanity

Bin Laden, Patriotism and Our Health Care Crisis

Michael L. Millenson | Posted 07.05.2011 | World
Michael L. Millenson

In the near-decade since the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, the "War on Terror" has cost the United States about $1.3 trillion, according to the Cong...

How Agriculture Subsidies Are Making Us Sick

Elizabeth Kucinich | Posted 06.21.2011 | Home
Elizabeth Kucinich

When it comes to unhealthy food, the primary culprits are meat and dairy, which are high in saturated fat and cholesterol, and over-sweetened processed food.