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Health, Sensuality and the Supreme Court's New Feudalism

M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D. | Posted 07.23.2014 | Politics
M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D.

Hiding sensuality behind health, instead of celebrating it, devalues the erotic lives of women and men. More than that, our political embarrassment about sex has leveraged the power of the wealthy to control the intimate lives of others.

Medical Education: Capitalism's Next Frontier?

Jim Jaffe | Posted 07.18.2014 | Politics
Jim Jaffe

Starting a new school is an expensive proposition, which may explain the modest number that have opened in the past decade. But now the private sector may be coming to the rescue by creating proprietary -- or profit-making -- schools to train physicians.

We're Asking Health Care to Fix Something It Didn't Break

Ellen Lawton | Posted 08.05.2014 | Politics
Ellen Lawton

If we are going to ask health care to do more to prevent illness then we have to be honest about where poor health originates, and we have to give doctors and nurses tools and partners to treat the problems they identify.

CBO: Health Reform Is Working -- and Costing Less

Paul N. Van de Water | Posted 06.15.2014 | Politics
Paul N. Van de Water

Health reform will cut the rate of uninsurance nearly in half. CBO estimates that health reform will reduce the share of the non-elderly population without insurance from 20 percent in the law's absence to about 16 percent in 2014 and about 11 percent in 2016 and beyond. That's 26 million more people with health coverage.

6 Things You Could Buy Instead of Paying the Penalty for Going Uninsured

Napala Pratini | Posted 06.09.2014 | Money
Napala Pratini

For those going uninsured this year, the Obamacare penalty may seem paltry, but it's set to increase steeply in the next couple of years. In the particular case of tax penalties, what goes up does not come down (unless amended by law).

Health Insurers' New Campaign to Create Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt

Wendell Potter | Posted 05.24.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

The campaign of fear, uncertainty and doubt -- or FUD, to use its acronym -- continues to this day against the Affordable Care Act, and it will be waged in coming months by cynical politicians who believe it will be the surest way to win votes in November.

CBO: Five-Year Individual Mandate Delay Means 13 Million More Uninsured, Higher Premiums

Edwin Park | Posted 05.12.2014 | Politics
Edwin Park

Delaying health reform's individual mandate for five years, as a House bill would do to offset the cost of permanently cancelling scheduled cuts in Medicare payments to physicians, would mean about 13 million more uninsured Americans in 2018 compared to current law, with similar increases in most years that the mandate isn't in effect.

A New Perspective on Obamacare

Napala Pratini | Posted 04.30.2014 | Business
Napala Pratini

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently reported that 4 million Americans have signed up for private health insurance plans through the federal and state-based marketplaces.

Narrow Health Care Provider Networks: Boon or Bane?

David Blumenthal | Posted 04.27.2014 | Politics
David Blumenthal

Welcome to the world of competition in health care, because that is what narrow networks are about. Picking low-cost suppliers that meet quality standards is the key to business success the world over.

Here's What Really Happens When You Shop For Health Insurance

PolicyGenius | Posted 04.22.2014 | Money

Since the new health insurance exchanges launched last October, there's been a seemingly endless stream of news stories, mostly about rollout problems, health insurance cancellations, enrollment numbers, or personal anecdotes that are quickly repurposed as political fodder. But what about the shopping experience?

Paul Ryan's Misleading Claim About Health Reform, Poor Families, and Work

Edwin Park | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics
Edwin Park

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan's claim that health reform creates a "poverty trap" that discourages poor families from working has it backwards.

State of the Union: An Agenda for Action on Poverty

John Bouman | Posted 04.03.2014 | Impact
John Bouman

The President's message and his ideas are a strong agenda for remedying poverty. And, as he stressed, If we remedy poverty, we build and sustain the middle class. If we do not build and sustain the middle class, then poverty deepens and widens.

Now That We Have Obamacare, Let's Keep Everyone Enrolled

Emily Spitzer | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Emily Spitzer

The Obamacare rollout is like moving houses: Everything is new and unsettled, tempers fray, and for a while all you can see is chaos before you unpack. Ultimately, though, the promise of health reform is to minimize the upheaval of moves in the long run by ensuring continuity of care.

The 5 Biggest Health Insurance Mistakes You Can Make

Tim Chen | Posted 02.22.2014 | Money
Tim Chen

The Affordable Care Act is causing a lot of confusion amongst consumers. If you're uninsured or are otherwise considering enrollment in the new marketplace, here are some common mistakes to avoid in navigating the tricky road to coverage.

The President Was Right: It's More Than Just a Website

Kathy Ko Chin | Posted 02.21.2014 | Politics
Kathy Ko Chin

For months, the focus was on a date -- October 1 -- the day when the health insurance marketplace opened for business. With all the attention on this one date, everyone seemed to forget about the significant and needed changes that the ACA ushered in.

How Our Faith in Supermarkets, Nurses and Pharmacists Can Drive Health

Jane Sarasohn-Kahn | Posted 02.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Jane Sarasohn-Kahn

The most significant health reform for people in the immediate term will happen at home, in our families and local communities.

The Presidential Health Care Curse: Why Do They Bother?

David Blumenthal | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
David Blumenthal

There is simply no way for presidential health care reformers to avoid grievous political harm, as the experience of President Barack Obama is now demonstrating in spades.

Will You Lose Your Insurance By January? The Oct. 31 Deadline Insurers, Obama and the Media Aren't Telling You About

Art Levine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Art Levine

Just because the Tea Party extremists and their right-wing media allies have spewed essentially nothing but lies and distortions since Obamacare was first proposed, still doesn't mean that the critics are completely wrong about the dangers these changes could pose. Would Have Worked Better

J.D. Kleinke | Posted 12.20.2013 | Politics
J.D. Kleinke

The federal government was not up for the task of building and overseeing a complicated e-commerce business with a significant data management back-end -- any more than it has ever been up for building the military's fighter jets, running commercial airports, or administering the actual Medicare program.

Proposed Offset for Medical Device Tax Can't Offset Anything -- It's a Timing Gimmick

Chye-Ching Huang | Posted 12.03.2013 | Politics
Chye-Ching Huang

The proposal could produce a net revenue gain within the ten-year budget window, but produce subsequent revenue losses.  As a result, it would cease to function as an offset, and the package would then increase deficits and debt in all future decades.

Don't Reward the Politics of Blackmail, or We'll See More Shutdowns

Bob Greenstein | Posted 12.01.2013 | Politics
Bob Greenstein

More than the fate of health reform (and whether millions of uninsured Americans get health coverage) is at stake in the battle over the government shutdown. How well -- or poorly -- our democracy functions is increasingly on the line.

Open Letter to Health Reform Advocates: Pay Attention to Discrimination

Robert Espinoza | Posted 11.30.2013 | Gay Voices
Robert Espinoza

The harms inflicted by discrimination reveal themselves in our bodies as we age -- as people of color, as poor and low-income people, and as LGBT people. The symptoms manifest as higher rates of high blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease, HIV/AIDS, depression, social isolation and more.

True Health Care Reform

Christine Page, MD | Posted 11.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Christine Page, MD

True health reform is not about spending more money, taking more drugs or having more tests. It's about a collaborative relationship between the patient, their body and health care professionals, all of whom are focused on what is best for the patient and not only on financial advantages.

Policy Change Is Key If We Want to Reduce Preventable Deaths

Larry_Cohen | Posted 11.23.2013 | Healthy Living

I've seen prevention evolve from a fringe notion to an idea championed by communities across the country. This latest report from the CDC shows how far we still have to go -- and suggests some strategies for how we might get there.

Cruz, Boehner and the GOP's Hostage Crisis

Ethan Rome | Posted 11.21.2013 | Politics
Ethan Rome

Despite how it looks right now, there is a solution to this mess in sight. In approving the continuing resolution tied to defunding Obamacare, John Boehner got rolled by the unhinged extremists. But he knows better. He started in the right place -- he should go back.