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Health Reform

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.

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 ...

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.

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?

Jeff Muskus

Blue Dog Effort Threatens Dem Unity On Public Option | Jeff Muskus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The key conservative House Democrat who backed a public health care option last week appeared to be backing off that pledge Thursday afternoon when he...

Twitter Essential Tool for Iranian Election News: MediaBytes with Shelly Palmer June 17, 2009

Shelly Palmer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Shelly Palmer

The State Department asked Twitter to delay a "critical network upgrade" scheduled for yesterday in order for civilian reporters in Tehran to use th...

Could Doctors Go the Way of Record Companies?

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

Watching the AMA defends its turf on issues like doctor reimbursement is like watching the RIAA file copyright lawsuits against teenagers, even as its business model collapses around it.

Health Reform: Ideas At Work vs. Self-Negating Arguments

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

Let's redesign our health system so that it encourages ideas that work. And how will we know what works? In our country's tried-and-true way: by letting the people decide.

Note to POTUS: Pointers on Speaking to American Medical Association

Howard Wolinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Howard Wolinsky

The AMA is already on record as opposing your plan for government-sponsored health insurance for the tens of millions without health insurance.

Jeff Muskus

Health Professionals Tell Congress They Want Single-Payer | Jeff Muskus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

At a long-awaited House subcommittee hearing on Wednesday, health care professionals made it clear that they believe a single-payer system to be the b...

Senate HELP Committee Releases Health Reform Bill

Washington Post | Ezra Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

This is it.This is what health reform looks like. Embedded in that link is actual legislative language. More than 600 pages of it, in fact. It's the p...

A Health Care Bailout For the Middle Class

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

Universal coverage is one way to describe the objective of the health debate, but here's one that might be better: We need a health care bailout for the middle class.

Jeff Muskus

Voters To Congress: What's Wrong With Single-Payer Health Care? | Jeff Muskus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Give voters a voice in the debate over health care reform and they ask about the one thing most lawmakers decided from the start would not be consider...

Joblock -- America's New Epidemic

Jim Jaffe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jim Jaffe

American workers are apparently a very restless bunch. There could be a political upheaval if Washington doesn't act quickly to guarantee health insu...

It's the Real Prevention, Health Care Reformers

Chris Norwood | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Norwood

For the United States, health reform without a clear plan to mobilize community groups nationwide to put proven prevention programs right in place wh...

Health Noir: $10 Million Ransom Demand for Data - and Stranger Crimes Are Coming

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

Organized crime -- or even disorganized crime -- has no place in the world of healthcare.

Is Obama Naive About the For-Profit Health Industry's Commitment to Real Reform?

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

In these times, with this mandate and the American people's rare but undeniable hunger for radical change, Obama's motto ought to be: "Don't let the good be the enemy of the perfect."

All Health Reform Created Equal, Except Single-Payer

James Floyd, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Floyd, M.D.

The incongruity of Baucus's actions over the past year are Orwellian -- he will consider all opinions on health reform, except for single-payer, which, by the way, he deeply respects.