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Health Insurance Reform

Health Care Reform is in Our Hands

Jennifer Edwards | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jennifer Edwards

Our government is missing the mark; prevention and education are essential to drive down costs of health care. Many costly and disabling conditions are linked with common preventable risk factors.

Second House Call: Steve King Wants Another Protest Against Health Bill

The Huffington Post | Elyse Siegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Because the first one apparently didn't do it, Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) issued a statement today calling for a second "House Call" protest against hea...

Krugman: Insurance Industry's Hatchet Job, So Bad That It Might Be Good

New York Times | Paul Krugman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In the past, the insurance industry's power has been a major barrier to health-care reform. Most notably, the industry paid for the infamous "Harry an...

Point 7: Mother Nature Practices Age Discrimination

George Halvorson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
George Halvorson

One challenge we face in American health care policy today as is how to build premiums for the individual people who buy "non-group" coverage that will be affordable for both older buyers and younger buyers.

Senate "Moderates" Delaying Health Care Bill With Demands

The Washington Post | Shailagh Murray and Lori Montgomery | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Moderate lawmakers are exerting their outsize influence in the divided Senate to secure changes to health-care reform legislation, potentially adding ...

CNN's Castellanos' Firm Is Ad Buyer For AHIP's Anti-Health Care Ad Blitz

Media Matters | Matt Gertz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Media Matters for America has obtained evidence that CNN contributor Alex Castellanos' political consulting firm, National Media, is the ad buyer for ...

Douglas Holtz-Eakin, McCain Strategist, Losing Health Coverage

The Washington Post | Philip Rucker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

If history had taken a different course, Doug Holtz-Eakin would be inside the McCain White House driving the Republican president's domestic agenda, i...

An Open Letter to Senator Max Baucus : Save Your Health Care Bill With Simple Reform

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

I've reviewed the current form of the your Senate Finance Committee bill, which is basically a good compromise, but has significant watered-down defects as it's about to go to vote.

Roosevelt Understood The Power Of The Public Option

The New York Times | Adam Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As governor of New York, Franklin D. Roosevelt crusaded for "public power," government-owned electric plants. He was outraged by the high prices that ...

House Health Care Bill Outlaws Treating Domestic Violence As A Pre-Existing Condition

Think Progress | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

This morning, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) unveiled the re-tooled Affordable Health Care for America Act (HR 3962). The bill will cost $900 billi...

Shopping for Health Care at the Thrift Store

Michael J. Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael J. Wilson

Without the public option, the truth is that we have a bill that might cost the government less, but costs consumers more. The public option will create the competition needed to drive down prices of private insurance.

Ron Wyden Wins Big Concession On Health Insurance Exchanges

The Hill | Jeffrey Young | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) have taken a long stride toward locking down the...

Medical Malpractice Insurers: Time to End Their License to Gouge

Joanne Doroshow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joanne Doroshow

Laws to repeal the anti-trust exemption for health insurance have been introduced in every Congress for many years. The industry has fought back every time and nothing was ever really accomplished -- until now.

Organizing for America: Looking Back, Marching Ahead

Jeremy Bird | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeremy Bird

Like most organizers, I'm usually focused on the next step, the next campaign; but in this first week of a new decade, I think it's the perfect time to remember who OFA is and where we came from.

Americans Dying Too Soon: U.S. Behind Other Nations In Preventable Deaths

Washington Post | Ceci Connolly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As Congress presses forward with landmark legislation to revamp the nation's health-care system, lawmakers are grappling with a troubling question: A...

Public Option Opt-Out Not Favored By Americans: AP Poll

The Associated Press | Erica Werner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

More Americans support creation of a new government-run health insurance plan to compete with the private insurance market, a new Associated Press pol...

Covering the Uncovered

Christal Smith | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Christal Smith

Remember when you were just starting out and it was all you could do to cover the monthly expenses you HAD to pay-like rent and utilities-and paying f...

Health Care Reform : It Is Time to Transcend Myopic Devotion to Sideshow Issues

Bradford Kane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bradford Kane

It is time that the quest to achieve health care reform no longer be used to serve lawmakers ulterior agendas. Maneuvering must now take a back seat so that the American people can best be served.

Bart Stupak, Leave My Daughter Alone

Michael Kieschnick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Kieschnick

Why would twenty men with positive ratings on past votes from Planned Parenthood vote for the horrendous Stupak amendment? I have no idea.

Sen. Kyl Not Sure People Die From Lack of Health Insurance

Dawn Teo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dawn Teo

Sen. Kyl: "I'm not sure that it's a fact that more and more people die because they don't have health insurance."

Lieberman Betrayal Illustrates Why Senate Filibuster Rules Must Change

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

Lieberman's success in eliminating the public option from the Senate health reform bill makes one thing perfectly clear: to pass progressive reform, the Senate must change its filibuster rules.

Pete Sessions Blasted By Dems For Comparing Women To Smokers

POLITICO | Glenn Thrush | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Tex.), the head of the Republicans campaign committee, caused a stir at last night's Rules Committee meeting when he suggested t...

Government Health Care: Like the Postal Service?

Ron Ashkenas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ron Ashkenas

Can a government-run agency, like the US Postal Service, be sufficiently nimble and flexible to thrive in the current business environment?

Ex-Blue Cross Spokesman Says Health Insurance "Worst Product In American History"

Raw Story | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The following article was produced by The Raw Story. Teaming with the liberal Brave New Films, a former Blue Cross pitchman is now pitching against...

American Values Network Makes Religious Case For Health Care Reform (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Elyse Siegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A new television ad released by the American Values Network makes a religious appeal for health care reform in a new ad. The progressive faith group, ...