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Medicare for All

Colorado -- First With Medicare for All?

Sara Davidson | Posted 02.09.2016 | Healthy Living
Sara Davidson

ColoradoCareYes, a citizens' group, wrote an amendment and collected enough signatures to get ColoradoCare on the ballot in November. If passed, it would cover everyone, with no deductibles and no co-pays for primary care.

Bernie Sanders: America's Mainstream Candidate

D. C. Rutledge | Posted 02.08.2016 | Politics
D. C. Rutledge

Bernie is running a grassroots, people-funded campaign and is therefore only beholden to us. The polls are telling the underlying truth: the more people hear Bernie, the more people like Bernie.

Sanders May Be One Justice Away From His Political Revolution

Terry Smith | Posted 02.03.2016 | Politics
Terry Smith

The conventional wisdom on the establishment left is that Sen. Bernie Sanders is offering his enthusiastic supporters pipedreams in lieu of achievable policy proposals. Placed in proper perspective, Bernie Sanders may be just one justice away from setting in motion what he calls a political "revolution."

The Real Healthcare Debate Democrats Should Be Having

Paul Y. Song, MD | Posted 01.31.2016 | Politics
Paul Y. Song, MD

The real debate Democrats should be having should not be about whether single payer, a highly successful proven system in so many industrialized nations, is the solution, but rather how we can collectively come together to overcome the corporate forces that derailed the ACA from providing a public option, drug price controls and insurance rate regulation

Bernie Sanders' Health Plan Is Too Good To Be True, Analyst Says

The Huffington Post | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 01.27.2016 | Politics

When Bernie Sanders released his universal health care plan last week, promising that most people would receive more generous insurance coverage whil...

How and Why Medicare for All Is a Realistic Goal

Nancy Altman | Posted 01.24.2016 | Politics
Nancy Altman

Hillary Clinton is wrong when she says that Medicare for all is not achievable. In fact, if she and her husband had embraced the concept in 1993, we would be nearly there today.

Hillary's Unsurprising and Disingenuous Opposition to Real Health Care Reform

John Geyman | Posted 01.25.2016 | Politics
John Geyman

Here we go again. Hillary touting her long experience in government, claimed knowledge of health care, and ability to "get things done" as she affirms her support of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and distorts Bernie Sanders' single-payer plan for national health insurance, Medicare for all.

Sanders Medicare for All: Finally a Plan to Protect Our Most Precious Gift -- Our Health

Rose Ann DeMoro | Posted 01.18.2016 | Politics
Rose Ann DeMoro

Bernie Sanders' new plan for achieving the dream of countless Americans for nearly a century -- healthcare coverage for everyone -- deserves all of our thanks. And nurses will fight to make it come true.

Bernie Sanders Releases Health Plan And It's Even More Ambitious Than You Thought

The Huffington Post | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 01.18.2016 | Politics

Bernie Sanders on Sunday released his plan to reform the American health insurance system -- or, more accurately, to reinvent it from scratch. It's a...

Clinton's Dishonest Attacks On Sanders' Medicare-For-All Plan Betrays Democratic Values

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 01.14.2016 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

Every Democrat should be outraged, because this is the kind of attack that not only undermines fundamental Democratic values but gives aid and comfort to the very special interests and their allies in the Republican Party who are against doing what we want to do for America.

Sanders' Economic Plan Best for the 99 Percent

Roger Hickey | Posted 01.05.2016 | Politics
Roger Hickey

Here's the bottom line: The middle class is in crisis, and Secretary Clinton's proposals merely tinker at the margins of that crisis. They would not shift the fundamental direction of an economy that is growing more unequal every day.

Lack Of Public Options Shows How The Economy Gets Rigged Against Us

Dave Johnson | Posted 12.23.2015 | Business
Dave Johnson

In a country with a Constitution beginning with the words, "We the People," should our economy work for all of us instead of just a few of us? You would think it should work for We the People, but example after example shows how it is actually rigged to work for only a few people.

Medicare at Age 50: Building on Its Success

Nancy Altman | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics
Nancy Altman

I see no better way to celebrate Medicare reaching its fiftieth anniversary than to expand Medicare. If we follow the lead of those visionary architects fifty years ago, those who come after us will inherit a nation where affordable, first class health insurance -- Medicare for All -- is a birthright.

Happy 50th Medicare!

Paul Y. Song, MD | Posted 07.26.2015 | Politics
Paul Y. Song, MD

When I graduated from medical school almost 25 years ago, I was asked by then U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. C. Everett Koop, to raise my right hand and recite the Hippocratic Oath. In it, I recall "I will abstain from that system which is deleterious and mischievous to my patients."

Medicare at 50: Strengths to Build On

John Geyman | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics
John Geyman

Traditional Medicare has proven its superiority over any private, market-based alternatives for the last 50 years. It is time to build on this social insurance model as the health care debate continues.

The Affordable Care Act at Age Five: Quality of Care

John Geyman | Posted 05.17.2015 | Politics
John Geyman

The ACA was built on a flawed financing system, which will be unsustainable for patients, families and taxpayers.

Brill's Bitter Pill: Accurate Diagnosis, Inadequate Treatment

John Geyman | Posted 04.19.2015 | Politics
John Geyman

The ACA is unsustainable because of its inefficiency, increasing bureaucracy, and unaffordable costs to taxpayers as well as patients and families. As all this becomes more clear, we should all ask, what should follow the ACA?

Ebola Crisis Underscores Failures of ACA 'Market-Driven' Insurance, the Need for Medicare-for-All

Michele Swenson | Posted 02.17.2015 | Politics
Michele Swenson

An Ebola-like crisis accentuates the fragmented piecemeal nature of U.S. health coverage and access. Americans are stuck between a rock and a hard place -- some forced to buy insurance that they are unable to use because they cannot afford high deductibles and copays.

The War Against Poets and Adjuncts: Is Obamacare Enough?

Julie Sokolow | Posted 06.04.2014 | College
Julie Sokolow

How can creatives who freelance, wait tables, and piece together stressful hodgepodge livings achieve security?

8 Ways to Make Obama's Opportunity Goals a Reality

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Sarah van Gelder

If we were to measure the real wealth of our society -- our health and well-being, the health of the natural world, our level of education, etc. -- we would see that inequality itself is reducing our nation's well being, and the power of big corporations is allowing the degradation of our communities and environment.

Could Obamacare Have Been Better?

Robert Kuttner | Posted 01.31.2014 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Even if Obamacare does help a lot of people, my question is: at what political cost and at what long-term cost to effective social insurance? Both the conception and the roll out of The Affordable Care Act will set back the effort of liberal Democrats to persuade regular people that government can be a force for the broad public good (Social Security has no such problems). The ACA is the social-policy equivalent of the Pentagon's apocryphal $800 hammer. Even with a great deal of catch-up and good luck, it will take a miracle for Obamacare not to be a net loser for Democrats in the 2014 mid-term elections.

Should Only Seniors Be Allowed to Drive on the Highways?

Rep. Alan Grayson | Posted 01.31.2014 | Politics
Rep. Alan Grayson

We want a public option. We need a public option. And that public option already exists -- we just need to open it up, to all Americans.

Obamacare's Flaws Put Progressive Politics in Jeopardy

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

If the Obama administration can't quickly fix the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, not only is President Obama's second term in jeopardy. Progressivism itself is in jeopardy.

The Obamacare Disaster and the Poison of Party Loyalty

Norman Solomon | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Norman Solomon

At this pivotal moment, progressives should not leave the messaging battle about the ACA to right wingers and Obama loyalists. While critiquing the law for its entanglement with the profit-voracious insurance industry, we should fight for quality healthcare for everyone

Liberals Should Fight Like Hell for Single Payer Health Care

Brent Budowsky | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Ladies and gentlemen, one cannot provide true reform, change we can believe in, or dramatically improved health care with bills that are insurance industry productions, passed with political payoffs, compromising our highest ideals.