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Health Reform

Obama: Addressing the Healing Crisis

James S. Gordon | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
James S. Gordon

If every older person were guaranteed a physician with time to talk about life and ways to live it more fully, as well as to discuss the best ways to deal with the inevitability of death, debates about "death panels" would wither.

A Call to Action: Why Our Health Matters

Dr. Andrew Weil | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Andrew Weil

While there has been tremendous debate over access and payment, there has been less focus on the content of health care. Without a change in that content, we will never have a sustainable system.

Congressional Black Caucus Pushes Obama To Back Strong Public Option

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Hours before President Obama's Wednesday night speech to a joint session of Congress on health care reform, leaders of the Congressional Black Caucus ...

How Progressive Groupthink Hindered Health Reform

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

How could the president get the idea that an individual mandate, especially without a public option, was a "goody" for progressives?

Affordability and the Public Option

Richard Kirsch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Kirsch

At the end of the day, the way that most Americans will measure reform is by asking, "Do I have good health care that I can afford?"

The New McCarthyism, Just Like the Old McCarthyism

Terry Curtis Fox | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Terry Curtis Fox

The McCarthyist goal was to purge government of progressive people and ideas. It was highly effective in the fifties and early sixties, and it is proving frighteningly effective today.

August Was a Sideshow, September Is for Progress

Rep. Charles Rangel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Charles Rangel

The August recess, which was supposed to be all about health care, ended up being about anything but health care. And now, Republicans are intent on making the focus about me.

A Trigger for the Public Option -- a Plan to Kill the Public Option

Jason Rosenbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jason Rosenbaum

A trigger for the public health insurance option would create underpowered public plans that would be swallowed whole by the insurance industry.

What do You Want Obama to Say Wednesday Night?

Linda Bergthold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

President Obama will address a joint session of Congress next Wednesday night (September 9th) and make his case for health reform. What do you want him to say?

Blanche Lincoln Town Hall Overrun By Conspiracy Theorists

Time | Joe Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

I was at a Blanche Lincoln town hall meeting in Russellville, Arkansas, yesterday--and the number of people who believe that the President has larded ...

Lieberman: Without Public Option, Health Reform Would Pass

Connecticut Post | Devon Lash | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman made it clear Wednesday that he would not vote for a health care bill that included a government-run option, but said that wit...

Disease Mongering: Good For Big Pharma, Bad For You

Dr. Andrew Weil | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Andrew Weil

There is a growing trend to promote diseases to fit existing drugs. As a culture, we should be suspicious whenever we hear of a new "disease," and ask whether it may just be a marketing ploy.

Name It Ted Care?

Craig Crawford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Craig Crawford

Imagine the pressure it would put on wavering Democrats to name legislation creating public insurance after the man who spent his career fighting for it.

LA Rx: Making Medicine Affordable for LA

Antonio Villaraigosa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Antonio Villaraigosa

Starting today, every major pharmacy in Los Angeles will give a 5 to 40 percent discount on the prescription medication people need to live a healthy life.

Health Care Through the Eyes of an Independent

Tim Giago | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tim Giago

I watch the shouting matches, the misinformation, and the outright lies passing across the health care argument scene. It has brought out the meanness in too many otherwise good Americans and it must stop.

Fear, Greed and X-Rays

Dr. Andrew Weil | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Andrew Weil

Fear and greed are potent motivators. When both of these forces push in the same direction, virtually no human being can resist. And doctors are human beings.

Fixed?

Wendy Block | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Wendy Block

Big Pharma, Big Oil, Big Milk. All special interest patrons of America's Big Money bordello. What are good progressives to do? Either we get lobotomies or we fix the way the country finances politics.

The Question No One Asks About Healthcare

Dr. Andrew Weil | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Andrew Weil

Given that we all want health and spend trillions to "care" for it, it's sobering how little thought we give to the true meaning of the term.

Should You Get Your Drug Information From An Actor?

Dr. Andrew Weil | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Dr. Andrew Weil

Sally Field is a talented actor. But what qualifies her to promote Boniva, an osteoporosis drug that is of limited benefit, has worrisome side effects, and for which there are natural alternatives that merit careful consideration?

Why Health Care Reform Will Be Good for Medicare Recipients

Mark Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Mark Miller

A dispassionate look at this bill suggests that health reform actually will be good for the Medicare program.

I Want My Country Back! The Country That Elected Barack Obama

Linda Bergthold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

I want the focused, goal-oriented, real grass-roots supported, campaign mode for health reform.

Co-op, Co-opt, Cop-Out: Conjugating Health Reform

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

If the centrist Democrats don't provide a meaningful alternative to costly, for-profit insurance, the backlash against them will be enormous. Co-ops will not be able to provide that alternative.

My Health Plan

Craig Crawford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Craig Crawford

If we can't have a public option, how can co-ops get the job done? Require everyone get health insurance and for those who can't afford private plans, give them coupons to be used only at co-ops.

Why Obama Had to Have Been Born in Kenya

Bryant Welch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bryant Welch

We need to harness the uncertainty and confusion in this country for constructive purposes, exposing the puppeteers of the far right and the corporate interests that are behind them.

The Real Outrage of 'Death Panels'

Craig Crawford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Craig Crawford

What's really irritating about Palin's proposal is that we have to have a law to reimburse doctors to talk to their patients. What?