Some political leaders turn from talking about "me" and instead talk about "we." They believe in building a movement that will change things rather than just bragging about themselves and furthering their own careers, and because of that they do actually start changing things. That's what Elizabeth Warren does; that is who she is.
Medicare is a federal promise to the American people, offering critical support to 50 million Americans -- and growing. While a dialogue about Medicare's sustainability is vitally important, it must not come at the expense of those who rely on the program.
Uncle Sam's "We Want You!" finger is pointed directly at the nose of every young adult in America. But do we want him?
The overwhelming tendency of the Republican Party to define itself almost exclusively by the political opponents it obsessively despises has made the GOP the party of negativity and obstruction.
Ads supposedly sponsored by the Coalition for Medicare Choices started appearing last week warning that seniors will face higher costs, fewer benefits and a loss of provider choice if Congress and the administration don't take action.
The notion that the poor are uniquely morally deficient, it turns out, is completely backward. They're actually more virtuous, on average, than the rich. And yet, we have politicians who assume that the poor are less trustworthy and therefore less deserving of our help.
The vast majority of America's seniors live on modest, fixed incomes. They have paid into Social Security throughout their working lives. Congress has a sacred obligation to protect them from out-of-control health care costs in retirement.
Since no politician will accept the liability of defaulting on these promises - from Social Security to Medicare to public employee pensions - we have to consider the likelihood that they will turn to the "printing presses" and simply create the money to keep the system going.
Progressives must never abandon appeals to fairness and concern for the vulnerable when advocating on behalf of sound public policies.
Knowing I've been both a critic of insurance company practices and a supporter of efforts to reform the industry, a FOX news producer reached out last week to get my take on accusations by conservatives that Obamacare will actually result in a bailout of big insurance companies.
Co-written with Jonathan Stone The "P" word has been buried for decades - yes, John Edwards brought it up in the 2008 elections, but who wants to rem...
With national health care costs running close to $3 trillion a year, if U.S. costs could be brought in line with costs in other wealthy countries the potential savings would be on the order of $1.5 trillion a year. Those savings could provide a lot of health care for people in the United States and around the world.
If you don't start out at the right time with the right policies, the increased costs are dramatic.
It is a classic DC politician ploy: carry the water for a powerful lobby and call it centrism, while warning advocates of low and middle income people to "not let the perfect be the enemy of the good".
Ayotte's measure would only impact the undocumented immigrant community, a supposedly powerless, forlorn group that cannot respond to direct attacks from self-interested politicians and their right-wing sponsors.
Love it or hate it, we're in a brand new election year. What with the lowest rating for Congress in history and the gridlock on Capitol Hill, this may seem like less than the greatest news. But women ought to be pretty enthusiastic.