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Health Reform

Missing the Point

Sen. Ron Wyden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Ron Wyden

I voted for health care reform not because I thought it was the best we could do, but because I thought it was a whole lot better than the current system. But in my mind, passing that law is far from "mission accomplished."

"Third Way" Goes the Wrong Way on Abortion Restrictions in Health Reform

Jodi Jacobson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jodi Jacobson

Originally published by RH Reality Check. At this point it's not news to anyone that our ostensibly pro-choice President has presided, through a combi...

Medicare at 45: Health Reform Means New Benefits for Seniors

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

This year is an especially happy birthday for Medicare because the new health reform law makes it easier for seniors to afford to see a doctor, fill a prescription, and receive free preventive screenings for serious diseases.

Rx on Medicare's Birthday: Expand it to All

Dr. Quentin Young | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Quentin Young

By replacing our crazy-quilt, inefficient system of private health insurers with a streamlined, publicly financed single-payer program, we would reap enormous savings.

Friendly Fire in Prevention?

James S. Marks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James S. Marks

We should be clear that, as a nation, we have done too little to prevent disease, whether from smoking or unhealthy eating or lack of physical activity.

How They Passed Health Care: Tri-Com Unity, Climate Change Handicaps And The Offer Max Baucus Should Have Refused

The New Republic | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

It was Henry Waxman, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, who had tried to get tough with the manufacturers of biological drugs. He wa...

Who's Ahead in the War Over the Courts; After Kagan's Hearing and the First Court Skirmish Over Health Reform?

Simon Lazarus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Simon Lazarus

Poised to report out Elena Kagan's nomination to the Supreme Court, Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats no doubt feel pleased, having used her confirmation hearing to turn the tables on Republicans.

Obama Administration Applies Stupak Amendment to High Risk Pools

Jessica Arons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jessica Arons

This week, a commotion arose over the question of whether Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plans, also known as high risk pools, can include abortion...

High-Risk Illinois Patients May Be Stuck Paying High Rates Despite Federal Program

AP | CARLA K. JOHNSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — For thousands of Illinois residents who pay high health insurance premiums because of medical problems, the new federal health care le...

Your Health Insurance Will Not Be Taxed Next Year

Linda Bergthold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

There is an email making the rounds claiming that the new health reform law requires you to pay taxes on your employer-sponsored health insurance. It's not true. Politifact rates this email "pants on fire" and Snopes calls it "false."

Fareed Zakaria's "Greedy Consumers" and Hive Mind CEOs

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

Fareed Zakaria reflects the biases and distorted perceptions of a punditocratic subculture that continues to paint average citizens as reckless children and business executives as Delphic sages.

Repeal health care reform? 41 states think so

Linda Bergthold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

One of the most distressing aspects of this state backlash is that a small number of demagogues are making it necessary for the rest of us to have to fight this on a state by state basis.

Developing Nations: Laboratories For Health Care Innovation

Kaiser Health News | Jaclyn Schiff | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

A few months ago, GE Healthcare rolled out a portable electrocardiogram machine, trumpeting the new product's ability to help patients wherever they m...

Medicare Needs a Digital Elliot Ness

Peter Roskam | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Peter Roskam

Medicare, the government health care safety net for seniors, processes $460 billion of claims every year -- as much as 10% of which turn out to be fraudulent.

Not in Sickness; in Health: How Health Reform could Start a Real Revolution

Larry Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Larry Cohen

While the nation still struggles to understand the impact and implementation of health reform, the Prevention and Public Health Fund—a barely n...

Short Term Thinking Hobbled BP -- Will it Hobble the White House?

Trey Ellis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Trey Ellis

The cynicism and malaise that plagued the country during the Bush years went utterly into remission when Obama was elected, but it's now back in our bones. We need the medicine that cured it the first time. Inspiration from a leader.

Can Harry Reid Deliver?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Given that Harry Reid's Senate is not exactly known for moving with blinding speed, one has to wonder whether Harry Reid can deliver on some of these big issues before the midterm elections or not.

Mission Impossible? Educating the American Public about Health Reform

Linda Bergthold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to help educate the American public about health reform, person by person, from the ground up.

Arkansas Proves Need for Campaign Finance Reform

Linda Hassler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda Hassler

This season's Democratic primary in Arkansas, the run-off for which will probably be over when you read this, gives plenty of evidence as to how juvenile and wasteful our election process is.

Wisconsin Governor Could Create Public Option

AP | SCOTT BAUER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

MADISON, Wis. — Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle could use his veto power to create a state-funded public option health insurance plan in Wisconsin tha...

Arizona And Nevada To Join States Suing Over Health Care Reform

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

PHOENIX (AP) -- The governors of Arizona and Nevada say their states will join 14 others suing the federal government over health care reform. Gov....

How Health Reform Will Impact Retiree Benefit Programs

Mark Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Mark Miller

If you're retired from a company that provides health insurance benefits, get ready for change over the next few years.

One Extraordinary Sunday

Gordon Whitman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gordon Whitman

The fight to make health care a right in the U.S. spans generations. National health reform rests on the foundation of years of local and state organizing and advocacy.

Was too! Reply to Kilkenny over media coverage of health reform

Harold Pollack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Harold Pollack

Health reform is a complicated 2500 page bill. I wish Americans understood it better. They understand more than they used to, because hundreds of people in the media did their jobs well. Attention should be paid.

Dispelling the Lies: What Health Reform Actually Means for Seniors

Linda Bergthold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

For seniors now, Medicare is actually stronger, you can keep your same doctor, and your benefits will improve -- with no co-pay for preventative services and with a $250 rebate for the donut hole.