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Health Insurance Reform

Health-Care Reform's Fate Won't Alter Health Care's Larger Problems

Steve Jacob | Posted 04.07.2012 | Politics
Steve Jacob

The overarching goal of health care reform was to attempt to ensure affordable access to health insurance and medical care for most Americans. It barely touches skyrocketing health-care costs and accelerates primary-care physician shortages.

It's a Crime to Deny Our Care

Richard Kirsch | Posted 04.04.2012 | Politics
Richard Kirsch

The public hates health insurance companies. They believe they are greedy and put profits before people's health. This is personal for people, so many of whom have their own health insurance horror stories.

Sporadic Health Insurance As Bad As No Health Insurance: Study

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 01.05.2012 | Business

When it comes to preventative care, having on-and-off health insurance might be as bad as not having it all. A study of diabetics by the Kaiser Per...

Med Mal Caps Hurt Patients

Shirley Svorny | Posted 01.23.2012 | Politics
Shirley Svorny

Placing caps would reduce malpractice insurers' incentives to oversee physician practice patterns and reduce incentives to manage risk in our health care system, and make health care that much riskier for all of us.

John Celock

Governors Group To Facilitate Health Care Exchange Talks | John Celock | Posted 11.17.2011 | Politics

The National Governors Association will be helping six states facilitate discussion on the creation of health care exchanges, which are required to be...

Supremes Will Uphold Obamacare to Keep Insurance Market from Collapsing

Wendell Potter | Posted 01.17.2012 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Moderate conservative Anthony Kennedy will, I'm confident, recognize that without the law, the free-market system of health insurance, so highly valued by conservatives, will implode, sooner rather than later.

Health 2.0: Innovators, Opportunists and Delusionals

Dave Chase | Posted 12.07.2011 | Technology
Dave Chase

Health 2.0 just had its largest ever event, with 50 percent more attendees than their previous largest event. A number of companies launched during th...

Study: As More Workers Are Employed Part-Time, Fewer Are Insured

Posted 12.06.2011 | Business

More than one-fifth of employed Americans lack health insurance, according to a recent survey, and that number is may be poised to grow as more worker...

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.

Downturn May Provide Relief In Employer Healthcare Costs

Posted 11.21.2011 | Business

The economic downturn may provide businesses with an unexpected benefit: A bit of relief in employer health care costs. Health care benefit costs ...

Who's Cost-Shifting Now?

Deane Waldman | Posted 11.07.2011 | Politics
Deane Waldman

Everyone agrees that healthcare spending is out of control and the cost spiral is unsustainable. The cure for this sickness seems, however, elusive.

Doctor Shortage? No Problem

Jim Jaffe | Posted 09.10.2011 | Politics
Jim Jaffe

In medicine, supply creates demand. Show me an area with more hospital beds and I'll show you one with higher hospital utilization that doesn't improve population health status.

Giving Americans Better Health Insurance Choices

Kathleen Sebelius | Posted 09.09.2011 | Politics
Kathleen Sebelius

Bipartisan support for Exchanges isn't surprising. When they are up and running, state Exchanges will save money for their residents by making the health insurance market more competitive and accessible, a goal that leaders from both parties can get behind.

Despite New Health Law, Americans To Keep Job-Based Coverage

Posted 08.21.2011 | Business

Even though the number of Americans with health insurance through employers has declined, most will continue to get coverage through their jobs af...

The Impossible Dream: Health Insurers Will Improve the Health Care System

Stephen M. Davidson | Posted 07.19.2011 | Politics
Stephen M. Davidson

Society's interest is clear and so is the path to get there. How bad do the problems need to get before we finally face the reality that investor-owned insurers do not want to be part of the solution?

Vermont to Go Single Payer -- Do I Hear a Second?

Linda Bergthold | Posted 07.06.2011 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

The Vermont House of Representatives voted 94 to 49 this week to establish a Green Mountain health insurance exchange, the first step in establishing a single payer program in that State. But there's still a long way to go.

Republicans Want to Replace Medicare With Rationcare

Ethan Rome | Posted 06.07.2011 | Politics
Ethan Rome

The Republican plan is heartless rationing. It won't be Medicare anymore. You can call it Medicareless, because it would no longer be the guaranteed health care program that has served our nation so well since 1965.

Jim Messina Is a Perfect Choice to Be Obama's Campaign Manager

Robert Creamer | Posted 06.01.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

My understanding is that the campaign plan for 2012 is still in formation. But one critical element is clear. The campaign will be even more reliant than it was in 2008 on its grass roots ground game. Jim Messina is definitely the man for that job.

Remembering the Grassroots Fight for Health Reform

Ben Brandzel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ben Brandzel

One year ago today, we were watching Obama sign the Affordable Care Act into law. We were watching a moment centuries in the making -- the moment health care in America became a right for all.

A Lifetime Limit Would Limit Violet's Life on Earth

Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner

It's not until lightning strikes that people truly understand what it means that the Affordable Care Act gave consumers new protections against insurance company abuses.

Lessons Learned From the Affordable Care Act

Sen. Tom Carper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Tom Carper

It's time to take a step back and look at the impact of health care reform over the course of its first year, and specifically focus on the new law's programs to improve our health care system for all Americans, especially our seniors.

Insurers Lobbying on the Fine Print May Erase Consumer Protections

Wendell Potter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Wendell Potter

The lobbying to change the medical-loss ratio provision in the new health care law is just one example of how special interests are working to gut the reform law while preserving the portions they like.

How to Insure Americans With Pre-Existing Conditions

Brian T. Schwartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Brian T. Schwartz

ObamaCare makes things worse, not better, for people with pre-existing conditions. Our representatives should support better alternatives.

The Kidney And Goliath

Elissa Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Elissa Stein

There's something wrong with a system in which corporations makes health decisions for people based on numbers, contracts or fees. Where patients are voiceless in their treatment.

Extremist Florida Gov. Rick Scott's Morally Repugnant Stance on Health Care

Ethan Rome | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ethan Rome

Whether it's a political stunt or the act of an extremist ideologue, Rick Scott is hurting real Floridians in concrete ways by bucking the health care law, including millions of people with private health insurance or Medicare benefits.