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Health Reform

Ask the House to Pass Reform Before Going on Vacation!

Jason Rosenbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jason Rosenbaum

Today, the Health Care for America Now coalition is having a national call-in day. Our message? The House of Representatives needs to pass reform now, before they go home for vacation.

Jeff Muskus

Bachmann, Other GOP 'Mother Bears' Decry Health Care Reform, Long Fast-Food Lines | Jeff Muskus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Why offer more people health insurance, Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-Minn.) asked at a press conference Friday, if they might lengthen waits for doctors ...

Rick Scott Crows About Delay Killing The Public Option

Noelle Bell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Noelle Bell

When Senators are looking for "bipartisan" solutions to health care, and need more "time" to work on a "bipartisan" compromise, what they're really looking for is a way to kill real health care reform.

The Moon and Health Reform

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

Why not create a new national mission, on the scale of the mission to the Moon? We'll need to study, identify, and reduce the use of unneeded and harmful medical procedures within ten years.

Jeff Muskus

Blue Dogs Keeping Health Care Stuck In Committee | Jeff Muskus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Henry Waxman is looking to resume health care negotiations Thursday night. Maybe. Waxman (D-Calif.) heads the House Energy and Commerce Committee, th...

What Americans Want for the Future of Health Care

John Zogby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Zogby

Health care has taken center stage in Washington, and a new poll gives unique insight into how Americans feel about this hot-button issue.

Jeff Muskus

Obama Calls Into Health Care Negotiations | Jeff Muskus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The phone rang toward the end of Max Baucus' meeting Tuesday night: It was President Obama. Obama has been pushing for a health care bill before Cong...

Jeff Muskus

Finance Committee Making "Headway" But Rejects Deadlines | Jeff Muskus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Key negotiators in the Senate Finance Committee refused to set a date for their version of health care reform after their Tuesday meeting, but said th...

Healthcare Reform: WIIFM?

Ruth Sherman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ruth Sherman

Clients come to me when they want help selling themselves and their ideas. I work from one primary line of reasoning: What's In It For Me, a.k.a., WIIFM. Policy makers should do the same.

Jeff Muskus

Waxman: Health Care On Track To Meet Deadline | Jeff Muskus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Democrats on the Energy and Commerce Committee met behind closed doors Monday as they worked to become the third and final House committee to approve ...

What Health Care Reform Means For The Deaf

Noelle Bell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Noelle Bell

Imagine that: being told that my deafness, which makes up a huge part of my identity, is a "pre-existing condition" which I could be denied access to care for.

Jeff Muskus

Blue States Pick Up Health Reform Tab For Red States: Study | Jeff Muskus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Under the new House proposal for health care reform, blue states will be picking up more than their share of the tab, according to a new study from th...

The House Health Reform Bill: How Good Is It?

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

While the bill represents an incremental improvement, it will leave an ongoing humanitarian problem as well as a strain on the health care system.

Sahil Kapur

Most Favor Health Care Reform In New Poll | Sahil Kapur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A new USA Today/Gallup poll finds wide public support for overhauling health care this year. There is, however, concern about its high costs and the i...

Barack Obama Stay Home: Health Care Reform Is Dying To Hear From You

Terry Leach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Terry Leach

Obama, we need your wisdom to elevate the parochial concerns of lawmakers facing re-election next year, to craft something many American presidents have tried to do, without success.

The Health Care We Deserve

John Graham | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Graham

We deserve better than what the health care industry is willing to give us. We deserve better than a weak compromise from Congress described as victory.

Interview with Health Insurance Exec/Whistleblower Wendell Potter

Rob Kall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rob Kall

"I think it's very important to understand that the private insurance industry is not trustworthy for individuals, businesses or for the government," says Potter.

Baucus Keeps Working With GOP On Health Bill Despite Warning From Reid

Roll Call | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) continued working with Republicans on a bipartisan health care bill Wednesday, despite an urgent warning ...

All 13 Democrats are voting for new HELP health care bill

Jason Rosenbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jason Rosenbaum

The HELP Committee has released their final version of a health care bill, including a public health insurance option and a provision for shared respo...

On Health Reform, George F. Will Just Threw a Spitball

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

Will's column is a mashup of disparate declamations. As is often his style, he offers quotes that are very enjoyable, but only loosely related to the topic at hand.

TNR: The Full HELP Bill Is Much Better

AP | DAVID ESPO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Democrats on a key Senate Committee outlined a revised and far less costly health care plan Wednesday night that includes a governm...

The Senate Says, "No, We Can't" To The Public Option

Noelle Bell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Noelle Bell

Private insurance has failed drastically through its own greed in bilking Americans through expensive premiums, denying them needed care, and paying billions of dollars to insurance company executives on the backs of sick and underinsured Americans.

This Is Congress's Chance to Fix the Health Care System for All Children

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Ensuring that children get health coverage early to prevent or treat childhood illnesses that could affect them in adulthood is one of the best ways to bend the long-term cost curve.

More Attacks on Prevention and Its Role in Health Reform That Make No Sense

Kenneth Thorpe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kenneth Thorpe

By preventing costly diseases, we can help contain our out-of-control health spending. Research, common sense, and ethics all tell us the same thing: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Senator Feinstein, Stop Nay-Saying On Health Reform

Jason Rosenbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jason Rosenbaum

There's no reason for Senator Feinstein to be a nay-sayer on health care, especially given the political climate in Washington right now. So why is she?