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Ryan Grim

Democrats Are United -- For Now | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Senate has voted to move forward with the health care bill. The vote was 60-39 in favor of debating the bill put forward by Senate Majority Leader...

Dems Go After Antitrust Exemption For Insurers

AP | DAVID ESPO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Democrats launched a drive at both ends of the Capitol on Wednesday to strip the insurance industry of its decades-old exemption fr...

CNN's Castellanos' Firm Is Ad Buyer For AHIP's Anti-Health Care Ad Blitz

Media Matters | Matt Gertz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Media Matters for America has obtained evidence that CNN contributor Alex Castellanos' political consulting firm, National Media, is the ad buyer for ...

An Open Letter to Senator Max Baucus : Save Your Health Care Bill With Simple Reform

Dr. Paul Toffel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Paul Toffel

I've reviewed the current form of the your Senate Finance Committee bill, which is basically a good compromise, but has significant watered-down defects as it's about to go to vote.

Jeff Muskus

Health Policy Experts Push For House Language In Final Version Of Health Care Bill | Jeff Muskus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Without a public option, the signature achievement of health care reform is supposed to be new consumer protections that would force the insurance ind...

The Other Health Care Option

Miles J. Zaremski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles J. Zaremski

How do we eliminate the creation of a government-run program yet provide millions of Americans with the ability to afford health care coverage? Here's how.

GOP Health Care Bill WON'T Prevent Insurance Companies From Denying Sick People

Wall Street Journal | JANET ADAMY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Republicans are preparing to unveil their own health bill in the next few days. Minority Leader John Boehner (R., Ohio) said Monday that the plan woul...

Woman Denied Health Care Insurance After Rape Tells Her Story (Video)

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Christina Turner was drugged and raped by two men in 2002. After taking anti-HIV drugs prescribed by her doctor as a preventative measure, Turner was ...

Health Care Bill's Winners And Losers: Drug Makers To Benefit, Insurers Brace For Hit

Wall Street Journal | JANET ADAMY and GREG HITT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The drug industry stands to gain in a health-care overhaul by getting tens of millions of newly insured customers, while insurance companies -- especi...

Health Insurance Industry Exposes Its Insatiable Greed

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter Dreier

After pretending for months to cooperate with the Obama administration and Democrats to secure a reasonable health reform bill, the industry's CEOs and lobbyists on Sunday double-crossed their one-time political allies.

Congress: Investigate Insurers' Deception and Lies Before Forcing Us to Buy Health Insurance From Them

Wendell Potter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Wendell Potter

The health insurance industry is laundering millions of dollars through third parties to influence the health care reform legislation and kill provisions that might hinder insurers' profits.

"Joe the Bummer:" Lieberman's in the Insurance Industry's Hip Pocket on Health Care Reform

Andy Ostroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

It's time for Democrats to punish Lieberman for his consistent disloyalty, from supporting Sen. John McCain's bid for the presidency in '08 to this latest self-serving ploy.

United Healthcare Urges Employees To Lobby Senators

The Huffington Post | Jenna Staul | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The nation's largest health insurance company is recruiting its employees in a grassroots lobbying campaign against health care reform, according to t...

GOP Health Bill In The Works; Boehner Says Republican Bill Would Extend Insurance Coverage To "Millions"

Wall Street Journal | GREG HITT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Republicans are preparing an alternative health-care bill to Democratic legislation, House Republican Leader John Boehner said, marking a shift in str...

Medicare Part D Creators Now Working For Lobbyists With Billions At Stake

ProPublica | Olga Pierce | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Four years ago, a group of lawmakers and aides crafted Medicare Part D, the prescription drug program for seniors that has produced billions of dollar...

Senate Democrats Launch Attack On Insurer Anti-Trust Exemption

POLITICO | Patrick O'Conner and Carrie Budoff Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The long-simmering tension between insurers and congressional Democrats is erupting into open warfare, with lawmakers stepping up their push to revoke...

Media Discovers WellPoint "Right To Profit" Case

David Dayen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
David Dayen

The new health insurance rates offered by the Maine Superintendent do not prevent Anthem from making a profit. But Anthem wants the state of Maine to guarantee a 3% profit as a Constitutional right.

Top Ten Civil Justice Triumphs Of the Decade!

Joanne Doroshow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joanne Doroshow

We look back with pride, and with some amazement really, at these great civil justice wins during the past decade. It hasn't been easy, and there are many to thank.

Ryan Grim

Insurance Industry Antitrust Fight Headed To Conference Committee | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The insurance industry successfully fought off a Senate threat to revoke its antitrust exemption as part of health care reform, but the issue lives to...

Harry Reid Reassures Democrats That Joe Lieberman Is On Board With Health Care Bill

The Hill | Alexander Bolton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. Joe Lieberman has reached a private understanding with Majority Leader Harry Reid that he will not block a final vote on healthcare reform, accor...

Sam Stein and Ryan Grim

Leaderless: Senate Pushes For Public Option Without Obama's Support | Sam Stein and Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Barack Obama is actively discouraging Senate Democrats in their effort to include a public insurance option with a state opt-out clause as p...

Obama's Rx For Health Care: Pull Plug On Insurance Companies, Not Grandma

Julie Farby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Julie Farby

Crazed, shrieking mobs of birthers, secessionists, and teabaggers are one thing. As annoying and demented as they may be, Barry knows these confederat...

The Un-Credible Max Baucus and the Failure of Health Care Reform

Michael B. Laskoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael B. Laskoff

Money spent on abstinence education is a waste, except for those pandering to please a minority of citizens who do tend to vote consistently.

Fool Me Once: The Insurance Industry Looks to Tort Reform to Pad Profits

Anthony Tarricone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anthony Tarricone

Who came out winners from a decade of tort reform, and of destroying the civil justice system? That would be the insurance industry.

The HealthScare Debate

David Spiegel | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Spiegel

So the health scare mongers accuse the government of what the private insurers are now doing. The anti-change 'protesters' are angry and they're not gonna take it any more. The only problem is that the private insurers have already taken it, and the anti-reformers are angry at the wrong people.