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Veteran Back On Transplant List After His Insurance Was Dropped Over 2-Cent Shortage (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Ronald Flanagan, a Vietnam vet with bone marrow cancer, had a stem cell donor on deck when his wife, Frances, delivered some crushing news. A seemingl...

Oregon First State to Introduce Autism Insurance Reform in 2011

Shelley Hendrix Reynolds | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Shelley Hendrix Reynolds

Oregon just entered the fray as the first state of 2011 to introduce autism insurance reform legislation with both a House and Senate version of the bill.

Why the Insurance "Mandate" Is a Bogus Issue

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

What makes the right's assault on the mandate so disingenuous is that virtually everyone in America -- from "Tea Party" adherents to supporters of Single Payer -- agrees that no one should be denied health care when they need it.

In The Public Interest : The Cost of Repeal

Larry McNeely | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Larry McNeely

Health care repeal efforts are being pursued in both the Congress and in the courts. But are repeal proponents really standing up for consumers or are they actually standing up for the health insurance industry?

Who Failed the American People?

Barbara Coombs Lee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Barbara Coombs Lee

The federal government once again has decided not to help seniors with advance care planning. On Wednesday, the Obama administration announced it is d...

Republican-Hood: Steal from the Workers; Pander to the Rich

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

Republicans want to, as they put it, 'undo' the health insurance benefits that the Affordable Care Act provides to Americans. And they're offering nothing in return to the uninsured.

Amy Lee

Number Of Uninsured Americans Soars Above 50 Million | Amy Lee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Less than a year ago, Francis Campos-Dunn was still working at a county hospital in the San Francisco Bay Area, helping patients navigate the often-ma...

Politifact Reveals 'Lie Of The Year'

Politifact | Bill Adair & Angie Drobnic Holan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The line stuck. By the time the health care bill was headed toward passage in early 2010, Obama and congressional Democrats had sanded down their prog...

Into the Health Reform Briar Patch?

Jim Jaffe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Jaffe

Those who are suing to overturn the mandatory health insurance requirement apparently believe a success will be both a major embarrassment for the president. They may be very, very wrong.

Insurers Spin Court Decision on Health Insurance Mandate

Wendell Potter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Wendell Potter

After the Virginia Court's health care ruling, the thing to keep in mind is that this is just one judge's opinion. Others have gone the other way. We are a long way from knowing if, and how, the new act will ultimately be implemented.

Lies, Damned Lies and Republican Hypocrisy

Ethan Rome | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ethan Rome

The Republicans will say and do anything to help their rich friends. In the world of post-shame politics, they're the poster children -- they just don't seem to care how extreme and unconscionable their hypocrisy is.

Stressed Out by Private Health Insurance? A Clinical Diagnosis

Dr. Quentin Young | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Dr. Quentin Young

Dr. Carol Paris, a distinguished psychiatrist and a valued colleague in the campaign for single-payer national health insurance, an improved Medicare ...

Why I Will Stay Far Away From Cliffs From Now on

Wendell Potter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Wendell Potter

"They're going to kill you, Wendell," a former CIGNA colleague warned in an email after reading a couple chapters of my book on health insurance company practices. "If I were you, I wouldn't get anywhere near a cliff."

Vote for Hope

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

This is not the hope America voted for in the fall of 2008. Now another election is upon us. On Tuesday, voters can choose candidates capitalizing on bitterness, or they can return to hope and provide time for change to play out.

Consumers Win An Important Battle Against Insurers, Thanks to State Insurance Commissioners

Wendell Potter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Earlier this week I asked you to send thank-you notes to one of America's biggest health insurers for helping to shed light on an important policy mat...

Cancer Widow Challenges Insurer Over $450K Medical Bill

The Huffington Post | Jamie Court | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The following is excerpted from The Progressive's Guide to Raising Hell by Jamie Court, published by Chelsea Green in September 2010. Never underesti...

Republicans Don't Trust Americans

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Republican operatives want to shield voters from knowing who is actually paying for GOP attack ads. They fear the consequences if Americans know the truth.

Christine O'Donnell's Understanding of Health Care (or Lack Thereof) Fits Into Just 3 Memorized Talking Points

Linda Bergthold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

Since the Clinton health reform effort failed in the early 1990s, Republicans have been using the same talking points that Christine O'Donnell used Wednesday night. It's time to call them out.

Mom, Will You Take Me Back On Your Insurance?

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

Originally broadcast on NPR's Morning Edition and published on, the premier source for youth generated news throughout the globe. By ...

Republican Pledge: A Rotten Egg for the Middle Class

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

In 1928, the Republicans promised Hoover's victory would assure the prosperity of "a chicken in every pot." This week, the GOP proffered a similar pledge to America: instead of a "chicken in every pot" they're pledging a salmonella-poisoned egg.

'The Next Economic Crash Will Be The Same As The Last'

Christian Science Monitor | Stuart Whatley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

In The Postcatastrophe Economy: Rebuilding America and Avoiding the Next Bubble, venture capitalist and macroeconomic sage Eric Janszen reckons it is ...

Happy Birthday Health Reform -- Six Months Old!

Linda Bergthold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

Today, the Affordable Care Act is six months old. Big deal, you say. What has it done for me? You may be surprised. Here's what you need to know in case a pollster calls, or if you have a loved one who gets sick.

Hypocritical Brands: The Health Insurance Industry Takes Home the Gold

Donna Flagg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Donna Flagg

My health insurance company has the temerity to thank 'their valued customers,' for choosing them, when in truth said customers really don't have much of a choice at all.

Health Insurers Drop Coverage For Children Ahead Of New Rules

The Hill | Julian Pecquet | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Health plans in at least four states have announced they're dropping children's coverage just days ahead of new rules created by the healthcare reform...

Insurance Companies Abandon Sick Children And Lie About It - Mike Huckabee Says That's OK

Ethan Rome | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ethan Rome

The latest announcement by the insurance companies that they won't cover kids is immoral, and to blame their appalling behavior on the new law is patently dishonest.