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Gray Matters: A Reach Too Far -- Who is Alan Simpson?

Saul Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Saul Friedman

The Republican Obama picked to co-chair the so-called deficit reduction commission, former Sen. Alan Simpson, has been a harsh critic of Social Security and Medicare.

Gray Matters: A Kennedy Dream Denied

Saul Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Saul Friedman

For nursing care, at home or in an institutional settling, there is no rational, national public program for the long term care of the elderly. We say we venerate the aged, but our policy doesn't reflect that.

The Democrats' Authoritarian Health "Reform" Bill and the Ascendency of Corporatism in the Democratic Party

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

From the moment he was elected, Obama has governed not as a progressive liberal but as a corporatist liberal. Progressive liberals hoped Obama would be like FDR. Instead, he's been like Bill Clinton on steroids.

Friday Talking Points [99] -- Misdirection

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The real head-scratcher for serious media-watchers right now is what the "war" between the White House and Fox News was meant to distract us from this week. The "war" itself is laughable, for a number of reasons.

Do You Want To Be Right, or Do You Want To Be Healthy?

Aaron E. Carroll | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aaron E. Carroll

It's not single payer. It's not perfect. And it may not feel like a "win." But it's not supposed to; that wasn't the point. In a principled negotiation no one wins, but no one loses, either.

"Therapy" for Obama and His Demoralization by the Insurance Industry

Bruce E. Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bruce E. Levine

Obama is trapped in the same kind of thinking that initially demoralized his hero Abraham Lincoln, who ultimately rejected that kind of thinking, regained his morale, and fought against what was morally wrong.

Contradictory Republicans Still Flummoxed By Medicare

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Cesca

A contradiction problem has been a feature of Bush Republicanism for a while now, but it's only during the past year that the gap between contradictory statements has narrowed down to just 24 hours.

Can Progressives and Conservatives Agree on Health Care Reform?

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

Open up the perfectly good public option we have -- Medicare -- to anyone. That would actually strengthen Medicare because younger, healthier people would be joining the risk pool.

Counterfeit 'Public Option' Holds Americans Hostage to Inflationary Private Insurance Costs

Michele Swenson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michele Swenson

Democratic leaders have short-circuited the reform "debate" and permitted the process to be hijacked by health insurance and pharmaceutical industries.

Why I'm Not Joining the Call to "Kill the Bill"

Wendell Potter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Instead of sending more "Kill the Bill" emails, we need to turn our attention now to leaders in the House, insisting they stick to their guns and improve on what the Senate has passed.

A Simpleton Tries to Understand the Health Care Debate

William Fisher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Fisher

Now, the first thing I want you to know is that I'm no health care policy expert. Far from it. But, like the rest of us, I have a body and a mind tha...

How to Pay for Health Care Reform: Let the American People (Acting Like a Commission) Decide

Paul Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Abrams

The Democrats should pass health care reform, and include within it a "Commission of the American People" to decide how to pay for it.

Senate Muddle

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

I am still in a haze over the deal struck last night on the public option. Clearly, there is both a lot of bad news in the reports coming out so far, and some good news as well.

By Revealing Their True Colors, Insurers Eliminate Any Reason to Compromise With Them

Stephen M. Davidson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen M. Davidson

The insurers have demonstrated that there is no reason any more to cultivate their support. That being the case, Congress has a new chance to do the job right.

Admit It: A Robust Public Option Is Dead

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

With a robust public option dead, the only way to prevent a massive Democratic-sponsored bailout of the health care industry is to regulate insurance premiums and put a trigger on individual mandates.

Who will be the Killer D's

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

Obama created the space for the Democrats to work. He outlined a lot of stuff, but did not get specific in the semantics. He opened up the lane once again for prima donna Congresspeople to drive in for the layup.

Mr. President, Republicans are Sensing Victory, Because You Won't Fight

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

We need to see President Obama's teeth Wednesday night. I want to know that there is some steel behind the cool facade.

The 3 Lost Lessons of Healthcare History: Will Obama Re-Learn Them in Time?

John Neffinger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Neffinger

The New York Times recently reported that the Obama administration is heeding a list of six lessons from previous efforts to reform health care. Unfortunately, the three most crucial lessons were left off the list.

The Medicare-For-All Opportunity Is Here Now

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dave Johnson

Everyone loves Medicare -- so much so that the Republicans are using it as a club to kill this complicated and expensive health care reform scheme.

Our Children Shouldn't Be Messengers Of Hate!

Linda Milazzo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda Milazzo

Regardless of which side of the religious and socio-political spectrum a child's parent or guardian is on, that child is innocent. Children are not billboards for hatred, malice and lies.

Friday Talking Points [90] -- Obama To Switch Parties

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Ted Kennedy is putting both his legacy and his sense of entitlement to his office before the interests of his constituents.

Dear President Obama: A Modest Medicare Proposal

Thom Hartmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Thom Hartmann

Most of us will do damn near anything to get out from under the thumbs of the multi-millionaire CEOs who are running our current insurance programs. Sign me up!

Republicans and Their Healthcare Hypocrisy

Harry Fuller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Harry Fuller

In their wildest dreams the Republicans cannot imagine people hating healthcare that is no longer only for the rich and the well-employed, courtesy of the insurance industry.

We Need More Wellstone/Tasini Democrats in the Senate

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Naiman

If it were up to the House, we wouldn't be talking about dropping the public option for health insurance. Maybe we'd be talking about Medicare for All. That's why we need more progressive fighters in the Senate.

The Policy That Dare Not Speak Its Name

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

One of these days, a national leader will embrace national health insurance and fight for it. Until then, we will keep paying more money for less care.