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Obama Health Care Reform

America's Health Care Stupidity

Diane Francis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Diane Francis

The momentum is there and the Senate may water down health care reform but it will pass some version. This will become one of the most popular and beloved policies since Social Security and Medicare.

Ryan Grim

Sanders Begs Obama: Help Keep Dems United Against A GOP Filibuster | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Obama should lobby individual Senate Democrats to make sure they don't join Republicans in filibustering health care reform, Sen. Bernie San...

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.

Health Care Reform : It Is Time to Transcend Myopic Devotion to Sideshow Issues

Bradford Kane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bradford Kane

It is time that the quest to achieve health care reform no longer be used to serve lawmakers ulterior agendas. Maneuvering must now take a back seat so that the American people can best be served.

Sam Stein

Gibbs: Obama Demanded As Much From Lieberman As Progressives | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs insisted on Tuesday that the president has been consistent in demanding that both moderates and progressives ...

Why Politics-As-Usual May Mean the End of Civilization

Bill McKibben | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bill McKibben

Climate change is not like any other issue we've ever dealt with. The adversary here is not Republicans, or socialists, or deficits, or taxes, or misogyny, or racism. The adversary here is physics.

I Am Not Paying Higher Taxes to Help the Uninsured

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Blake Fleetwood

No social program -- Medicare, social security, rent control, public universities -- that aims to help the poor can ever succeed without appealing to, and paying off, a broad middle class.

Ryan Grim

House Vote On Insurance Industry Anti-Trust Exemption Coming | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The battle against the health insurance industry is steadily intensifying. House Democrats have formally scheduled a vote to revoke the industry's che...

Obama Invites Rep. Shimkus To Play Basketball

AP | MATTHEW DALY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — You could call it the Obama All-Stars vs. the Capitol Hills. President Barack Obama and a few members of his Cabinet played basketba...

Gut-Check Time For Congress Over Health Care Reform

Rich Robinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rich Robinson

Societies are judged by how they treat the least in their ranks. This is a gut-check for our country, a huge test whether corporate America runs this nation, or We the People do.

All the President's Values

Drew Westen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Drew Westen

What makes the president's actions during the health care debate disturbing is their common thread: If he has values, he doesn't want to talk about them, and it's hard to find many he isn't willing to give up.

Rural Communities Need Health Care Reform More Than Anyone

Deepak Bhargava | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deepak Bhargava

The lie that health care reform would hurt rural communities has been one to which progressives and moderates have been slow to respond, perhaps because there have been so many myths and distortions to keep us busy.

Health Care Reform Is America's Anti-Theft Device

David A. Love | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David A. Love

Only in America will people justify the continued existence of private health care insurers, and making a buck over what should be the guaranteed right of access to health care.

Reframe the Conversation: Health Care Insurance Reform is a Basic Human Rights Issue

Michelle Kraus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michelle Kraus

We can't just let the kooks rule the day or threaten violence with their words. Don't leave Speaker Pelosi fearing for political violence in the streets because we have not done our job.

Ryan Grim

'Gang Of Six' Moving Goal Posts On Health Care Costs | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Obama promised last week, in his address to Congress, that he wouldn't sign any health care reform bill that added "one dime to the deficit,...

The One Statistic That Could Change the Health Care Debate Entirely

David Dayen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Dayen

It's not an idle threat to tell everyone that they won't have health insurance in ten years without reform. That's why the insurance industry, while fighting anything that drains their profits, supports reform.

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.

The Path to One Trillion Dollars

John Kenagy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Kenagy

President Obama said last week his health care reform plan requires about $1 trillion in health care savings over the next 10 years. How can we save $1 trillion without significant care rationing?

Daily Pulse: Teabaggers March on DC

Lindsay Beyerstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lindsay Beyerstein

Approximately 70,000 right wing protesters converged on D.C. over the weekend to protest. The signs they carried offered a glimpse of the unrestrained id of the American right.

Rep. Joe Wilson Heckles Great Moments in History

David Kronke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
David Kronke

What if Wilson was like Forrest Gump? (I mean, like Forrest Gump in his preternatural ability to be present at great historical moments, not in his ability at being a functional moron.)

"Now is the Time to Deliver"

Betsy Gotbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Betsy Gotbaum

While it's tempting to think that most Americans are well-informed and immune to health care myths, recent polls show that members of all political parties, across the country, are confused about what will happen to their health care.

Barack Obama: President of Policy Ends, Not Ideological Means

Zack Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Zack Cooper

From here forward, the health care bill that the President will sign should be named 'The Character of Our Country Health Care Reform Plan'.

Predictions for Barack Obama's Health Care Speech

John Knefel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
John Knefel

Whatever else may be true of the final bill that comes out of the House and the Senate, we can be sure that it will leave progressives disappointed and marginalized -- even moreso than usual.

Advice to President Obama: Look Left, Right and Then Stick to the Center

Lanny Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lanny Davis

At the outset of his speech to Congress, Mr. Obama might want to turn to the Democratic side of the House and ask his fellow Democrats: "If we can guarantee access to quality health care for almost all Americans, would you really prefer no bill at all because we can't pass a public option this year?"

What Still Ails America

Mary Lyon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mary Lyon

We're addicted to attacking each other. To the point where some of us wear firearms to town hall meetings, heckle disabled women in wheelchairs, and bite actual body parts off people.