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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.

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.

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.

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.

Health Care Reform that Will Kill the U.S. Economy

Sen. Tom Coburn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Tom Coburn

The fundamental problem is that the President and congressional leaders lack realistic plans to control the health care costs that are already crippling U.S. global competitiveness.

From Protest to Coalition Politics in the Fight for Health Reform

Harold Pollack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harold Pollack

Obama is pursuing the right overall strategy to ensure that we achieve an ambitious, if imperfect health reform. Passing health reform in 2009 would be a huge victory for progressive values.

Showing some backbone on health reform: Hat's off to the New York Times

Harold Pollack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Harold Pollack

The Obama administration and various other Democrats are dancing around the possibility of using an arcane but important device known as the reconciliation process to force an up-down vote on health reform.

A Conversation About Expanding Health Care Access

Gavin Newsom | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gavin Newsom

The need for bold programs addressing the health care crisis was brought into focus by a new report showing that more than 500,000 Californians have lost their health care since the start of the recession.

How to Follow the Health Reform Debate

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

With Kathleen Sebelius's nomination beginning this week, the topic of health reform is about to heat up even more. Here's a handy guide to the action.

Two Cheers for Cardiac Superpill

Jim Jaffe | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jim Jaffe

This new polypill would significantly improve our health to a point where we could go back to eating as much as we liked of whatever we liked without worrying about shortening our lives.

Grassley to Limbaugh: Keep Distorting Health Reform

Lester Feder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lester Feder

Though the Senator called for bipartisanship, he paradoxically encouraged conservative commentators to keep launching smear campaigns against the health care provision.

Revolt 2009! Computers Rise Up, Force Improved Health Care Upon An Anxious Population

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

Improved health IT is actually one of the few issues where left and right agree. Better health information is not a partisan issue, or at least it wasn't until now.

Will Baucus's HMO and Drug Company Bucks Foil Obamacare?

Jamie Court | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jamie Court

President Obama needs to use his mandate to make reform real, not another fraud on the American people by the Potomac populists.