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Three Reasons You May Be Uneasy With Health Reform

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

If the end product is an imperfect health care reform bill, one that takes too much from the middle class in order to help those even less fortunate, that won't be what some people wanted. But it will be be an improvement.

A Real Person's Guide to Health Reform

Howard Gleckman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howard Gleckman

When a consensus bill appears in January, just break it down into bite-sized chunks, ask yourself how each element measures against your own goals for health reform, and finally whether all the parts fit into a coherent whole.

Jeff Muskus

Snowe Warns Reid On Public Option | Jeff Muskus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), the most likely Republican vote for the Democratic health care bill, told reporters Thursday that she would not vote to ...

It Takes Guts to Support Health Reform

Linda Bergthold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

What is in the Senate bill that is worth passing? A lot. And what passes this year or early next year is only the beginning of the reform process.

Jeff Muskus

House Expects Health Care Vote By Christmas | Jeff Muskus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Obama may not have a final health reform bill on his desk by the end of the year, but House Democratic leaders are still committed to passin...

In Reversal, Insurance Plan Will Cover Boy's Prosthetic Arm

Huffington Post Investigative Fund | Danielle Ivory | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

[This story was updated Dec. 4, 2009. See editor's note below.] A Michigan health insurance plan will make a one-time exception and cover a $30,000...

Health Insurance Reform Must Include Public Option

Sen. Sherrod Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Sherrod Brown

The public option is the moral compass of health reform. In the last 100 years, Democrats have yet to be on the wrong side of progressive reform. Let's not start now.

No, Rachel, No! This "Health Reform" Could Lose the Middle Class for Dems

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

If Democrats and progressives are really concerned about middle-class votes -- and they should be -- it's statements like a recent pronouncement by Rachel Maddow that should concern them.

New Budget, Old Problems

James R. Knickman | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
James R. Knickman

It is a frightful moment for New York State's health care system. Next week, Governor David Paterson will release a new 2010-11 budget that will include steep cuts to health care funding.

The Ellsworth Amendment: Dems Set to Compromise on Abortion Care in Health Reform, Again

Jodi Jacobson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jodi Jacobson

A vote originally set for tomorrow on the House health care bill (HR 3200) may be delayed until next week, even after months of drama to arrive at thi...

I'm the Guy Who Cut Your Health Benefits. Trust Me.

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

If Congress and the White House are serious about creating effective reform, they need to pay more attention to how some of these proposals will play out in the actual arena of medical economics.

Time to Kill the Pseudo-Public Option -- and Other Things to Tell Your Representative

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

There are two critical tests for health care reform: Is it an improvement over what we have today? And is it structured so that further improvements can be made?

It's Not Over Yet: We Must Finish Health Reform Right!

Jason Rosenbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jason Rosenbaum

While the Senate bill includes significant reforms, it looks weak in comparison with the one produced earlier in the House.

Opt-Out? Not So Fast My Friend --

Mike Nellis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Nellis

You've heard the statistics: 350,000 Kansans don't have health insurance, while thousands struggle in a system that costs more, but provides less.

Is Truth the Next Casualty in the White House's Push For the Senate Bill?

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

Policy experts are free to represent their Administration. But, like generals testifying before Congress, I believe they also have a responsibility to lay the facts out fully before the American people.

The Annual National Observance of Children's Sabbaths® Celebration

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Marian Wright Edelman

One of the main concerns people of faith will be lifting up this year is the need for health care legislation that assures real reform of our broken and inadequate child health system.

In The Public Interest: Pharma Can Do More

Larry McNeely | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Larry McNeely

With the Senate fighting hard to pass a bill that would tackle rising costs and extend coverage to millions more Americans, the time has come for PhRMA to pay its fair share.

Fate of Healthcare Reform Is in Joe Lieberman's Hands

M.S. Bellows, Jr. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
M.S. Bellows, Jr.

Progressive observers may be forgetting that the 60 votes in the Senate necessary to invoke cloture, in most people's calculations, includes Joe Lieberman (I-Hartford Insurance).

Arianna Discusses Senate Health Care Reform On Countdown With Keith Olbermann

Huff TV | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Huff TV

Arianna stopped by Countdown with Keith Olbermann Monday night to talk about the politics behind the Senate's approach to health care reform, includin...

Jeff Muskus

Conservative Dems, GOP Senators Lobby To Delay Health Reform | Jeff Muskus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Republican and conservative Democrat lawmakers revived a push Wednesday for the kind of delay to health care reform that a GOP senator admitted was pa...

Why the Stupak Amendment Is a Monumental Setback for Abortion Access

Jessica Arons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jessica Arons

The Stupak Amendment, passed Saturday night by the House of Representatives after a compromise deal fell apart, potentially goes farther than any other federal law to restrict women's access to abortion.

Obama's A Wimp, Even to a Yellow Dog Dem Like Me

Sandy Goodman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sandy Goodman

As you can tell, after a year of Obama, I'm for him, but not with any real enthusiasm. Nice fella. Good talker. But I'm afraid he's deserving of a descriptive word once applied to the first George Bush. Obama is a wimp.

When Political Ideas Have Costs

Scott de Marchi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Scott de Marchi

Talk and inaction are relatively cheap for US legislators, since their own health care plan will remain the same whether or not legislation passes. Political ideas need to have a cost.

What's Next for Health Reform?

Linda Bergthold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

As you chat with friends and family over the holiday, do you know what is in these bills and what might emerge in the final version?

Health Reform: Look How Far We've Come. Now Where the Heck Are We?

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

Putting Sen. Lieberman aside for a moment (and who wouldn't want to?), what can we expect to see if the final health reform bill conforms to Sen. Reid's outline?