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Health Insurance Reform

The Poor Feel Poorly

James S. Marks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James S. Marks

In the long run, each life that is diminished by poor education, and diminished goals and achievements drains growth, innovation and health at the expense of our nation's future.

Sadistic Insurers Take Aim at Children

Jeffrey Feldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeffrey Feldman

If so much as one story emerges where a sick or dying child is denied insurance in this new era of health insurance reform, then the American public will have good reason to question the whole process.

The Gap Between Expanding Access And Ensuring Care For Children

Dr. Steve Allen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Steve Allen

When health care fails, children often pay the greatest price -- whether it is babies born prematurely to mothers who cannot afford prenatal care; or toddlers who lack necessary immunizations.

What's Happening to America? Lies, Threats, and the Health Care Vote

Tom Halsted | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Halsted

Now the challenge will be to keep the focus and energy on improving the situation so that some day the US will have a health care system comparable to that existing in every other civilized country.

Thanks for the New Day for America's Children

Judith S. Palfrey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Judith S. Palfrey

It's a new day in America. We can finally hold up our heads in the company of other developed nations that afford all their citizens the right to healthcare. In particular, it's a good day for our children and youth.

Come to Texas for Current AG Managed Public Option and Mandates

Barbara Ann Radnofsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Barbara Ann Radnofsky

We in Texas have a public option, suggested by and administered by the office of the Texas AG, to provide a reasonable cost option to parents who are now mandated to provide medical care payment.

Obamacare: A Health Insurance Subsidy, Not Health Care Reform

Marshall Auerback | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marshall Auerback

The health care legislation is important politically since President Obama now looks suddenly like a "winner." But will it actually achieve the objective of improving the nation's health care?

Change to Believe in or Focus for Hate-Mongering?

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

With their anger and vitriol, Republicans and Tea Partiers are banking on Americans rejecting health insurance reform. But their plan is in peril. Americans appear to be embracing hope and change in health care.

Gray Matters: John Conyers -- Forgotten but Not Gone

Saul Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Saul Friedman

All we can do is see how it works. If things don't really change for the better and Democrats remain in the majority in Congress maybe we can come closer to the Conyers bill, and hear the sleeping dog bark.

Change We Can Believe In, Even From Paris

Veronica De La Cruz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Veronica De La Cruz

There is still plenty of work to be done. So before we uncork the champagne, let's roll up our sleeves. No matter what side you were on, think of this as the beginning, not the end.

In The Public Interest: Health Reform's Trump Card

Larry McNeely | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Larry McNeely

Congress has a responsibility to ensure consumers have the information they need under the new law. Every American consumer should know they will have substantial new protections this year.

Silence of the Lambs

Diana Meehan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Diana Meehan

I'm an ethical being and I'm tired of living in a wealthy society that does not care for the most vulnerable in our midst -- the elderly, the children, the poor and, yes, the women.

219 Votes: Is This Where The End of Cancer Begins?

Laura Ziskin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Ziskin

I'm an American living with and fighting cancer. I don't much care about what new policy means for politicians. I care about real-life results. Sunday's vote was only the very start of a vitally important process.

Welcome to the Neighborhood

Jennifer Evans Gardner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jennifer Evans Gardner

Many Republicans are in an uproar, convinced that Congress has gone against the American people's wishes in passing the health care bill. The thing is, they haven't.

The Transcendent Presidency

Lance Simmens | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lance Simmens

Much attention is being paid to transparency, but there is another word receiving less attention that is equally important: transcendence. Healthcare is an issue that should by any calculus transcend politics.

Health Insurance Reform Bill

GalleyCat | Jason Boog | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

As President Barack Obama signs the health insurance reform legislation he championed today, PublicAffairs will team up with The Washington Post to ru...

An Obama Organizer Looks Back

David Litt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Litt

As I watched President Obama at the signing ceremony today, I thought about Wendy again. She will finally be able to get the healthcare she needs.

Health Care -- It's About Time

Mark C. Alexander | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark C. Alexander

Today we are declaring that we are a nation where all of us will have the opportunity to obtain basic affordable health care. In this, the greatest country on earth, we owe ourselves nothing less.

Health Insurance Reform: Bittersweet for Women's History

Lindsey Horvath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lindsey Horvath

Without pro-choice elected leaders voting for reform, we would not have anything to celebrate; however, the health care bill is an example of legislation that allows women to be the object of discriminatory practices.

One Nation, After All?

Frances Moore Lappe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frances Moore Lappe

In the health care debate, opponents' charges have gotten so wild and hate-filled acts so egregious, many wonder how a nation so bitterly split can move forward.

Why I Voted for Health Insurance Reform

Rep. Edolphus Towns | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Edolphus Towns

Now, Americans with pre-existing conditions will no longer be denied coverage. No longer will insurance be too expensive for individuals and their families to afford. That's why I voted 'yes' on Sunday.

The Best Bad Thing to Happen in a Very Long Time

Evan Handler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Evan Handler

I'll be taxed heavily on the value of my coverage. It'll be about seven thousand after-tax dollars a year out of my pocket. And I couldn't be happier about it. That seven grand is going to help provide insurance coverage for 32 million people.

In The Public Interest: High Noon for Insurance Industry Rip-Offs?

Larry McNeely | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Larry McNeely

Pop Quiz: You're a law-abiding citizen whose family is completely at the mercy of a band of ruffians who do whatever they want, whenever they want. Ar...

Liberals Should Close Ranks and Vote for the Health Care Bill

Deborah Senn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deborah Senn

There is too much good in the health care bill to let this opportunity slip through our fingers. There will still be many problems in need of fixing, but this is an excellent foundation upon which to build.

Let's Do Everything Like Health Care

Philip Goldberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Philip Goldberg

I'm so convinced that the private market will make everything better that I think we should do it across the board. Let's start with firecare. Why should I pay for firecare services for people who are dumb enough to start fires?