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What Health Care Reform Has and Has Not Accomplished One Year Later

Linda Bergthold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

Just a month ago, a new poll revealed that 22% of the public thought health reform had been repealed, and another 26% were unsure or unwilling to say. Apparently there are some misunderstandings in need of being cleared up.

Laura Bassett

Study: 9 Million Laid-Off Americans Lost Health Insurance In Last Two Years | Laura Bassett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- During the last two years, 57 percent of Americans who lost a job that provided them health insurance -- nearly 9 million people -- coul...

Reframing the Debate to Make Insurers Look Poor

Wendell Potter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Wendell Potter

The next time you hear the health insurance industry complain about its "measly" profit margins, don't buy it. Their "reframing" is nothing more than an attempt to take your mind off the tragedies they cause for so many Americans.

Health Reform Is Not Dead

Linda Bergthold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

If you have not yet seen the results in your own health care, that doesn't mean that results are not coming. Hospitals are busy figuring out how to deliver better quality care at lower cost.

Small Government vs. the Big A of Abortion

Linda Bergthold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

While Egyptian citizens are demanding democracy, we, who have all the democracy we need, are not protesting at all as some in Congress try to force radical anti-abortion bills on the American public.

Let's Not Return to the Days of Health Insurance Abuse

Sen. Sherrod Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Sherrod Brown

In America, a family should never be forced into bankruptcy because a child gets sick. In America, an Ohio family shouldn't be denied coverage if it r...

Will Black Sheep Blue Shield Bring Down American Health Insurance?

Jamie Court | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Jamie Court

Blue Shield's rate increases are giving California reformers the ammo to go to the legislature for proposals that give regulators the power to say no and to create a public insurance option in California. What starts here will spread.

In Memoriam: Christina Zisa

Pearl Korn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pearl Korn

Christina Zisa's story is worth telling, particularly in light of our President's speech last night in which he expressed interest in bringing down healthcare costs by enacting "medical malpractice reform to rein in frivolous lawsuits."

Key Democrat Who Pushed Compromise On Health Care: 'I Was Right'

AP | MATT GOURAS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

MISSOULA, Mont. — The key Senate Democrat who delayed health care reform last year while trying to get Republican buy-in is now facing the uncom...

Is a Government Takeover of Health Care a Lie?

Linda Bergthold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

Was PolitiFact right to call the "government takeover of health care" the "lie of the year" or has the role of government been so enlarged that we can now assume DC is in charge of what our physicians prescribe?

Into the Health Reform Briar Patch?

Jim Jaffe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Jaffe

Those who are suing to overturn the mandatory health insurance requirement apparently believe a success will be both a major embarrassment for the president. They may be very, very wrong.

When it comes to health reform, Dr Tom Coburn: First, do no harm

Larry Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Larry Cohen

Community prevention is the essence of local control. It's about helping neighborhoods to work together with local businesses, community groups and ...

Physicians' Response to Republican Health Care Proposals

Harold Pollack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Harold Pollack

Vivek Murthy and Rahul Rajkumar are two physician colleagues and friends. They wrote the following essay recently. HuffPo readers should read it, to g...

A Deficit-Cutting Plan to End Medicare as We Know It

Mark Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Mark Miller

As Washington starts batting around the plans to slash the long-range national deficit, one stands out as an especially good acid test of just how far we're willing to go. That's the Ryan-Rivlin plan to end Medicare as we know it.

How Democrats Can Win Back Seniors

Barbara J. Easterling | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Barbara J. Easterling

It is up to the Democratic Party -- the party that brought us Social Security and Medicare -- to do better, to stand proudly and confidently behind a broad, positive agenda that is good for Americans of all ages.

What I'm Thankful for: Health Care Reform

Linda Bergthold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

There's a lot to be thankful for. I couldn't have said this last year when we were still wrangling over health reform. What I'm most thankful for is our country finally tried to solve a problem that had been put off for 50 years.

Did Health Reform Help Democrat Heinrich Win?

Dora Calott Wang, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dora Calott Wang, M.D.

Democrats may have lost a lot of races to Republicans this election, but the upstream re-election victory of Congress' freshman class president, Martin Heinrich (D-NM), deserves a second look.

Dialogue? More Like Denialogue!

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Rick Horowitz

"Nobody said bipartisanship is easy."

Jeff Muskus

CBO Numbers On House Health Care Bill Are Fake | Jeff Muskus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Congressional Budget Office has not scored the House health care reform proposal, despite reports that it had estimated the plan would cost taxpay...

"Repeal This Monstrosity"? No, Health Reform Will Survive

Linda Bergthold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

Despite promises from Republicans to repeal the health care reform law, they can't do it. Even if the Senate agreed with the House and passed a repeal bill, President Obama would veto it. But what about death by a thousand cuts?

Arthur Delaney

Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan Has Just 8,011 Enrollees | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The health care reform program designed as a stopgap to provide insurance coverage for the uninsurable until the new law's major provisi...

Seniors And Saving Medicare Could Be The Difference In TX-17

Nate Nance | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Nate Nance

While it might seem unusual for a Republican to champion Medicare, Bill Flores - the Republican vying for the seat in Texas' 17th Congressional District - has staked out a position that defends the government-run insurance plan from cuts in this year's health care reform law.

Christine O'Donnell's Understanding of Health Care (or Lack Thereof) Fits Into Just 3 Memorized Talking Points

Linda Bergthold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

Since the Clinton health reform effort failed in the early 1990s, Republicans have been using the same talking points that Christine O'Donnell used Wednesday night. It's time to call them out.

Good News Is No News

Linda Bergthold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Linda Bergthold

Betsy Burton, who owns a small independent bookstore in Salt Lake City, is frustrated. No one seems to know about the tax credit that has helped her, and the media doesn't seem to be covering it much. This is Betsy's story.

Community Health Workers: Bridging the Health Care Gap

James R. Knickman | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
James R. Knickman

In our discussions about primary care, we should include a part of our health workforce that plays an important role in improving outcomes: community health workers.