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Medicare for All

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.

Single Payer: Alive and Still Remarkably Well

Linda Bergthold | Posted 11.17.2013 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

As the country prepares for open enrollment October 1st in the insurance exchanges of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare), a small group of dedicated artists and politicians in Pennsylvania have been working toward a broader solution.

The Top 10 Things Everyone Should Know About Medicare

U.S. News And World Report | Posted 04.07.2013 | Fifty

Almost all Americans who work pay into the Medicare system, but not everyone knows about the benefits they will become eligible for when they turn 65....

My 5 Proudest Medicare Moments

Next Avenue | Posted 02.05.2013 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Carol Osborn, Ph.D. Enrolling in the federal health program for Americans over 65 wasn’t easy or quick, but I enjo...

A Program for Fighting Poverty: No Cuts to Social Security or Medicare, and Medicare for All

Rose Ann DeMoro | Posted 03.25.2013 | Politics
Rose Ann DeMoro

It's time to send an unmistakable message to Congress and the White House: End the silence on poverty, don't make poverty worse by making cuts to Social Security or Medicare, and address a principle cause of poverty with a permanent fix to our dysfunctional health care system.

Open Letter to President Obama: Election Mandate to Govern for the Common Good of 99%, Not the Greed of 1%

Michele Swenson | Posted 01.15.2013 | Politics
Michele Swenson

The "Grand Bargain" promoted by Wall St. is in reality the "Great Betrayal" of the people who elected you. You, not Republicans, won a mandate to stand for people.

Democrats Look For Ways To Solve Their 'White Guy' Problem

Reuters | Posted 11.06.2012 | Politics

* Both parties showcase diversity at conventions * Seeking ways to lessen Obama's vote deficit among whites ...

Health Care Was Only the Supreme Court's 2nd Most Important Decision Last Week

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 09.04.2012 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

Chief Justice Roberts' opinion upholding the Affordable Care Act, coupled with his rejection of limits on campaign contributions, is completely consistent with his history as a servant of America's corporate oligarchy.

More Than a Victory, the Decision Today Was a Mandate for Us to Act

Michael Moore | Posted 06.28.2012 | Politics
Michael Moore

So, yes, the bill is highly flawed and somewhat wrong-headed -- but what it IS is a huge step in the right direction. And today's court decision cements that.

Health Care: Give the People What They Want

Robert Scheer | Posted 08.20.2012 | Politics
Robert Scheer

Let me humbly suggest that as an alternative to a mandatory system rejected by the majority, we return to the idea of covering most people by attracting them to quality public and private programs through consumer choice. It's called Medicare and it works splendidly.

It Would Not Be the End of Health Reform, Just a Chance to Get It Right

Rose Ann DeMoro | Posted 08.04.2012 | Politics
Rose Ann DeMoro

Instead of trying to dress up our broken private insurance-based system, or resuscitating elements of a convoluted plan the court may overturn, it's time to try something different.

If the Health Care Mandate Is Struck Down, Single-Payer Becomes the Best Choice

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 06.11.2012 | Politics
Sarah van Gelder

Most Americans favor many of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act. But the overall plan rests on forcing you and me to buy insurance from the same companies that have been driving up the costs of health care all along.

Conservatives and Liberals Agree: Medicare for All Would Be Constitutional

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 06.03.2012 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

From the standpoint of constitutional law, overturning the Affordable Care Act could put dangerous constitutional restraints on Congress's ability to forge national solutions to national economic problems. That's a dangerous precedent that goes far beyond health care policy.

Supreme Court Scandals

Brent Budowsky | Posted 05.29.2012 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Sadly for America, there is far too much money, and far too little sunlight, in a government that most voters believe, correctly, is corrupted by money that buys democracy in the dark.