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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.

Grassley Warns Reid: Don't Interfere With Health Care

Talking Points Memo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) is vowing a rapid push on health reform this year, telling reporters yesterday that he would intro...

It's More Than an Electronic Health Record -- Call It a "Health Information Highway"

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

With a new HHS Secretary and health czar, and a White House health care summit scheduled this week, this is the right time to create the "health highway."

The Obama Health Reforms Begin

Jim Jaffe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Jaffe

Creation of an evaluation system based on information technology is a major victory, but it doesn't mean that the war has been won

Ryan Grim

Conyers To Introduce Universal Healthcare Bill Today | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

John Conyers plans to introduce his universal healthcare legislation today, a Conyers aide tells the Huffington Post. The bill - known last session as...

"Dr. Madoff" and "Dr. Countrywide": Barriers to Health Reform, Threats to Economic Recovery

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

We need to help the majority of doctors redesign the way they "do business." That includes changing incentives so that a small minority of physicians don't benefit from doing the wrong thing.

Insatiable Health Care Appetite Trumps Cost Cap Efforts

Jim Jaffe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jim Jaffe

Health spending gobbles up a growing percentage of our GDP (16.2% in 2007) because total spending on care rose by 6.1% as increases in volume far outpaced price hikes.

Resolving to Care: Integrative Health Care Reform

Alison Rose Levy | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Alison Rose Levy

Why would the Wall Street Journal bother to devote space to knocking integrative physicians, Deepak Chopra and Andrew Weil?

On Healthcare Reform Stimulating the Economy: The Massachusetts Example

Maggie Mahar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Maggie Mahar

Too many proposals for healthcare reform focus solely on universal access and run the risk of sending good money after bad. The question we need to ask is: "Access to what"?

Bail Them Out? Why Not Take Over Their Healthcare Instead?

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

Let's have the government assume the cost of providing health care to auto workers, and have it take the lead in deciding how those health dollars are spent.

Obama, Healthcare Reform, and the Baucus White Paper: Redefining the Center

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

My guess is that Obama will take a rapid but incrementalist approach -- call it "all deliberate speed" -- built around a consensus when it comes to a health care plan.

More Reform is Cheaper: The Paradox of Health Care Reform

Ezekiel J. Emanuel, M.D., Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ezekiel J. Emanuel, M.D., Ph.D.

With the current financial crisis and looming deep recession, we need to remember that more comprehensive changes can actually constrain costs while covering all Americans.

If You Doubt That There Is a Healthcare Crisis, Come to Michigan

Harold Pollack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harold Pollack

Of Detroit's 42 hospitals that operated in 1960, four remain. Locals know a thing or two about the agony of auto plant closings. Local hospital closings are also a heavy blow.

Fourteen Changes Barack Obama Could Make in His First 30 Days

Stephen C. Rose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen C. Rose

If he can infuse the huge federal engine with bite-sized, doable tasks that all link together somehow, he will be a mystery reformer -- a relatively low-key, undramatic force that renews and redirects an ineffective establishment.