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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.

A Transpartisan Uprising Against the Individual Insurance Mandate

David Sirota | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Sirota

Could there be a transpartisan, left-right-center coalition forming against the unpopular individual health insurance mandate in the recently passed health care bill?

Medical Loss Ratio and Public Health: Questions Linger

Ellen R. Shaffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ellen R. Shaffer

A key provision has slipped through that threatens both the effectiveness of the Medical Loss Ratio and the integrity of public health departments.

True Health Care Reform: 10 Missing Pieces

Dr. Frank Lipman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Frank Lipman

If we don't change why we are unhealthy, not only are we unlikely to secure better medical outcomes, but it will probably bankrupt us too.

Health Insurance Industry Executives Make Millions As Firms Plan Big Rate Hikes

Los Angeles Times | Noam N. Levey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The top executives at the nation's five largest for-profit health insurance companies pulled in nearly $200 million in compensation last year -- while...

Leslie Margolin, Former Blue Cross President, Speaks Out Against Insurance Giant's Plan To Spike Rates

The Huffington Post | Elyse Siegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Leslie Margolin, who recently resigned as president of Anthem Blue Cross in California, is speaking out against a plan put forth by the health insuran...

Two Cheers For Missouri: Stop Health Reform Groupthink

Lee Stranahan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lee Stranahan

Forcing our citizenry into indentured servitude to the insurance industry isn't anything progressives should be defending. The case against mandates is clear.

What Is the First Rule for Democratic Success in November?

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

The first rule for Democratic success this November is the immutable iron law of politics: if you're on the defense you're losing. Who ever is on the offensive almost always wins elections.

The One-Two Punch of Autism

Liane Kupferberg Carter | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Liane Kupferberg Carter

Last month both the Assembly and state Senate unanimously passed groundbreaking bipartisan legislation that will put New York at the forefront of a nationwide effort to provide health insurance coverage for people with autism.

Health Insurance Rate Wars - Are We Focused on the Right Fight?

Clayton M. Christensen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Clayton M. Christensen

By Darius Tahir and Clayton Christensen On opposite ends of the country, differing results in battles with health insurers lead us to the same conclu...

Don't Be Afraid to Talk (and Listen)

Andrew Rubin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Rubin

As we all know the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was passed this past March, and if you do not follow the news closely you might think not much has happened since then.

In The Public Interest: Healthy Ways to Cut the Deficit

Larry McNeely | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Larry McNeely

The Affordable Care Act is affordable not just for consumers; it's also affordable for taxpayers. The Deficit Commission should not have to re-fight last year's health care debate.

We Were For It Before We Were Against It: Seven GOP Flip-Flops

Politics Daily | Jill Lawrence | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

So many Republicans have changed their ideas on so many major issues that it's hard to keep up. With the return of Congress this week, two of those is...

In The Public Interest: Health Care Reform - A Down Payment, Not "Broken Promises"

Larry McNeely | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Larry McNeely

Health reform opponents want to spook policy-makers into backing down from implementing the new law and thereby delivering to American health care consumers the new rights and options they deserve.