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Illinois Dems AGAINST Health Care Reform: Can They Be Swayed By The White House?

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

As the White House continues to lobby Democrats who are either on the fence or opposed to the health care bill, some Dems in President Obama's home st...

My Luck: Coincidental Symptoms and Health Insurance Saved My Life

Lea Lane | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lea Lane

This is one more personal story about the importance of having health insurance. And this is the week to tell it. In late 2006 I was living contented...

Will Obama's Army Return to Save Health Reform, Progressive Agenda?

Art Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Art Levine

It's still unclear if the House will have the needed votes to pass health care reform -- if the votes aren't there, it could seriously undermine the chances for any element of the progressive agenda from passing.

Dan Froomkin

Soaring Health Insurance Profits Fuel Push To Limit Rate Hikes | Dan Froomkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The nation's five biggest for-profit health insurance companies didn't curb their appetites as Congress closed the deal on health care reform. Far fro...

Is Health Reform Exhaustion a Pre-Existing Condition?

Linda Bergthold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

Now that it is nearly certain that health care reform will pass, it's time to figure out what it will mean for all of us. What's really in the legislation for you and when will you get it?

Why Caddell's Wrong -- Passing The Bill Will Help Democrats

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

There's a lot of buzz about a piece in today's Washington Post about polls, the public option and midterms. But the conclusions are contradicted, not supported, by the available facts.

Health Insurance Really Tried

Dr. Philip Neches | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dr. Philip Neches

The private health insurance industry is in a death spiral, despite being profitable, despite trying to do the right things.

Connie Saltonstall, Pro-Choice Candidate, Launches Primary Challenge Against Stupak

Jodi Jacobson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jodi Jacobson

Connie Saltonstall, the former county commissioner from Kent County, Michigan is mounting a primary challenge against Bart Stupak. She describes her stance on abortion as "without a doubt pro-choice."

The Church and Gays: Can't Decide Whether to "Love 'Em" or "Leave 'Em?"

Jodi Jacobson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jodi Jacobson

Last Monday, employees at Catholic Charities were told they would lose spousal health benefits to "avoid offering benefits to same-sex partners of its workers," the latest spiteful move of Catholic Charities.

Numbers Don't Lie, but Politicians Do - or, Kent Conrad and EJ Dionne Get It Right

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Know what else would be a perfect policy to pass through reconciliation -- one that would reduce the Federal deficit? The public option.

Bart Stupak and His Merry Band of Eleven Anti-Choicers Want to Run Your Life

Jodi Jacobson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jodi Jacobson

Like a petulant child, Congressman Bart Stupak (D-MI) is all over radio and television stomping his feet on health care reform. I think Bart Stupak needs a time out.

All in on Health Reform

Will Marshall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Will Marshall

There's something poignant about Obama's attempts to reason with Republicans. As the health summit showed, they haven't worked, but a frustrated public will probably appreciate the effort anyway.

One Woman's Health Insurance Nightmare

Politics Daily | Janet W. Battaile | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Late last year, I learned two things at about the same time: My cancer was coming back, and I had gotten a new insurance plan. Since then, I've learne...

Does My Insurance Leave Me Naked?

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

Originally published on, the premier source for youth generated news throughout the globe. By: Emily Beaver As a California resident...

Health Care Summit Still Missing House Republicans

Roll Call | Jeff Muskus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

One day before the White House bipartisan heath care summit and a day after saying they had an "obligation" to accept the president's invitation, Hous...

Sam Stein

White House Denies Report Obama Is Considering Scaled-Back Reform Plan | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Administration officials with knowledge of current health care negotiations pushed back Wednesday evening against a report that the White House is rea...

Cantor Calls Democratic Health Bill A 'Non-Starter'

ABC News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

House Minority Whip Eric Cantor today expressed little hope for bipartisan agreement on a health care bill when Republicans and Democrats meet this we...

The White House Weighs In On Health Reform -- What's Next?

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

The President is outlining what he considers a reasonable resolution of the two bills. Will it work? Consider this: The alternative is no legislation at all.

White House Health Care Reform Proposal

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

The White House health care reform bill is a modest policy proposal based on the senate bill. It frames a bold political gamble that the summit on Thursday will cut through the rabble-rousing rancor.

Will This Study Finally End Democrats' Magical Thinking About the 'Cadillac Tax'?

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Zombie ideas -- like the Cadillac tax and trickle-down economics -- are hard to kill. If they sound good to you the first time you hear them, then you fall in love with them.

Health Reform D-Day Approaches

Linda Bergthold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

President Obama will now write his own health care bill. There are so many questions and so few answers -- is this a trick by the president to force the hands of the Republicans, or to unite the Democrats?

Passing Health Reform Now: Why and How

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

We're Americans so we say you have to pay in to claim the right for healthcare. But the bills take a giant step in the right direction. Not a small, insignificant step. A giant, major step.

What Team Obama Can Learn From Google's Superbowl Ad

Eddie Reeves | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eddie Reeves

Google's "Parisian Love" ad packed an emotional punch not with histrionics, but by reminding its target audience that Google's vaunted search engine is an indispensable enabler of modern life.

Are 'We the People' Baby-Eaters from The Road?

Olivia Rosewood | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Olivia Rosewood

The only way I could relate to the brutality of the fictitious cannibalism of The Road was through my experience with our country's health care system.

Paralysis on the Left and in Congress: Health Reform, Strong Jobs Bill In Peril

Art Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Art Levine

Progressive groups, Democrats and unions also haven't coalesced behind a clear strategy to move now-stalled health care reform forward, or to convince cowed Senate Democrats to take on the a large-scale jobs creation program.