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Massachusetts Health Reform

The True Impact of Obamacare (When it Works)

Dan Lambert | Posted 01.25.2014 | New York
Dan Lambert

Eventually, when it works, the Affordable Care Act will increase enrollment by the millions. Visitors to nearly topped 10 million in the first week alone, and demand is still quite high.

Romney Finally Reveals His Nearsighted Vision for Health Reform

Linda Bergthold | Posted 11.26.2012 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

In the New England Journal of Medicine, both President Obama and Governor Romney offer statements revealing their vision for the future of health care. Finally we have a definitive statement of Romney's vision for the future. Actually -- not really.

Alex Becker

Massachusetts Website Calls Romney's Health Care Mandate A 'Tax Penalty' | Alex Becker | Posted 07.05.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The description of Mitt Romney's Massachusetts' health care legislation as a "tax penalty" on official state government websites could a...

Perrycare Health Reform: Cowboy Social Darwinism Culls the Herd

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 11.08.2011 | Politics
Blake Fleetwood

If Romney had guts and conviction, and the Republican Party wasn't so crazy, he should be proud of the success of his 2006 health reform in Massachusetts.

Rick Perry's Snake Oil Cure for Our Sick Health Care System

Wendell Potter | Posted 11.01.2011 | Politics
Wendell Potter

In his quest to win the Republican presidential nomination, Texas Gov. Rick Perry is perpetuating a convincing hoax: that implementing Texas-style tort reform would go a long way toward curing what ails the U.S. health care system.

The Birth Of RomneyCare -- And Why Mitt Can't, And Won't, Back Away

Boston Globe | Posted 07.30.2011 | Politics

The former governor has faced a fusillade from the right for the plan they call RomneyCare. But a look back at the birth of the Mass. law shows why he...

Amanda Terkel

Newt Gingrich Defends Mitt Romney On Health Care | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich had some kind words for former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney in a new interview, despite previou...

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.

Mitt Romney's Breathtaking Health Care Hypocrisy

Sahil Kapur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sahil Kapur

Despite his recent criticism of the Obama health care plan, it was just a few years ago that Mitt Romney supported and signed into law an extremely similar health care bill for his own state as governor.

Will the 'Don't-Blame-Me' Dems Take Responsibility and Fix Health Reform?

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

Aren't people who have participated in a failure supposed to look at their part in the problem, then step up and take responsibility for it? Watching the Democrats, those thoughts feel like relics from an archaic age.

Lessons from Massachusetts Health Care Reform

Iyah Romm | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Iyah Romm

Looking to a future that breaks the mold built by Massachusetts, we see the possibility of a single payer system that makes our fragmented care whole and redefines our standards.

The Gruber Scandal

Harold Pollack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harold Pollack

I recently read Jane Hamsher's lambasting of Jonathan Gruber on this site. I have a different perspective.

A Real Person's Guide to Health Reform

Howard Gleckman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howard Gleckman

When a consensus bill appears in January, just break it down into bite-sized chunks, ask yourself how each element measures against your own goals for health reform, and finally whether all the parts fit into a coherent whole.

Health Reform: Throwing Good Money After the Bad

Marcia Angell, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marcia Angell, M.D.

It's not just the right-wing crazies who oppose health reform. In addition, there are many sane Americans who worry about committing a trillion dollars to it. They have a point.

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.

Massachusetts is Not the Only Health Reform Model

Kenneth Thorpe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kenneth Thorpe

Whereas Massachusetts chose to make universal coverage its initial goal, Vermont's primary focus was to make health care more affordable and at the same time expand coverage.

No Recovery in Sight -- Unless We Pass Health Reform

Linda Bergthold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

A new study came out today that claims that half a million people in California have lost their health insurance coverage during the recession.

Long-Term Thinking About Future Health: Seven Trends That Should Concern Us

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

Seven current healthcare trends include doctors leaving the public system, a shortfall in primary care, underutilization of medical treatment, "superbugs," virtual health care, climate change, and radical self-redesign and enhancement.