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Obama Health Care Reform

How the White House's Deal With Big Pharma Undermines Democracy

Robert Reich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Reich

I'm a strong supporter of universal health insurance, and a fan of the Obama administration. But I'm appalled by the deal the White House has made with the pharmaceutical industry's lobbying arm to buy their support.

The Healthcare Goldfish

David Vines | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Vines

Like keeping new goldfish in their bag, conservatives illogically terrified of change will need to get acclimated to the new healthcare system.

Are Democrats Determined to Become What They Most Despised About Bush?

Peter Daou | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter Daou

We have an endemic problem: the inexplicable adoption by Democrats of Bush-era policies and political tactics. Wasn't the point of regaining power to undo the worst of Bush's excesses?

Durbin: Obama Ready To Negotiate On Health Care

Chicago Sun-Times | ABDON M. PALLASCH | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Obama would like to get something passed for health care reform and then start negotiating in a House-Senate conference committee, the Senat...

Abortion and Health Care Reform: A Common Ground Solution?

Chris Korzen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Korzen

Both sides of the abortion debate supported health care reform that preserved current policies for federal support. But how do we define abortion neutrality where federal precedent doesn't exist?

What Obama Needs to Learn from Sarah Palin

Robin Wells | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robin Wells

The fight over health care reform is indeed a moral battle. No longer an issue of statistics and parliamentary maneuvers, it's moved to a higher level.

Truth-telling and Responsibility in Health Care

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Misinformation and angry mobs are not how democracy functions. Freedom of speech and assembly are certainly our rights, but they must be exercised with responsibility and accountability.

Bank Bonuses and the Reform Agenda in the Balance

Jeffrey Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeffrey Sachs

Health care reform hangs in the balance at the same time we learn that nine banks, all recipients of federal bailout support, paid an astounding $33 billion in bonuses in 2008.

Why Aren't Progressive Groups Protesting Obama's Back-Room Deal with Big Pharma?

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

Progressives were outraged when the Bush administration banned Medicare from negotiating for lower drug prices. It's time for outrage when the Obama administration does the same.

The Guns of August: A Call to Arms for Progressives and Obama Activists

Richard Kirsch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Richard Kirsch

Since health care won't be decided at the popular ballot box, we can't just wait for the public to recognize the reality behind this nutty minority.

Labeling the Angry Mob Won't Be Enough

Taylor Marsh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Taylor Marsh

You cannot win any political campaign without connecting to people's emotions. Americans split pretty evenly over health care reform, so whoever taps into these emotions will win.

The Manatees and the Sharks

Rachel Farris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rachel Farris

We are often like manatees, unwilling or unable to defend ourselves. Maybe progressives are in fact angry. What's unclear is when we'll start doing something about it.

Memo to Marc Ambinder: The Right-Wing Is Not the Middle

Bill Scher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Bill Scher

I don't consider Ambinder to be a right-wing shill. He's giving sincere analysis, as he always does. Just in this case, he's wrong.

The Health Care Bubble: The Status Quo Is Unsustainable

Louise Marie Roth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Louise Marie Roth

Defenders of the status quo seem unable to see the big health insurance bubble for what it is: an unsustainable, out-of-control behemoth headed for a huge collision.

Is Obama Losing Health Care Reform?

Darrell West | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Darrell West

Ultimately, Democrats will succeed in passing health care reform because the risks of failure are too high.

Five Reasons the Health Care Battle Is NOT the Presidential Campaign

Peter Daou | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter Daou

Weeks ago, I cautioned that the White House was in perpetual campaign mode. Therein lies the problem. The August health care battle isn't the presidential campaign.

Relying on the Sausage Factory: The Best Way to Enact Health Care?

Lanny Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lanny Davis

I know to be effective helping the president pass national health care at long last -- which I strongly support -- it would help a little if I understood a little more.

Christians Weigh In On Health Care Reform

Dan Nejfelt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dan Nejfelt

Huffington Post blogger Matt Warmowski asked an important question about healthcare reform last week: Where are the Christians in this debate?

How To Argue For A Public Option On Health Insurance

Thomas de Zengotita | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Thomas de Zengotita

What supporters of the public option most need is a clear line of argument. That line of argument is rooted in the fact that the vast majority of Americans think Medicare is great.

Faint Praise

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Even if we insure more people, as President Obama hopes to, a fragmented, profit-oriented system simply cannot yield the most efficient use of health outlays.

So Far, So Good

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

After all the health care reform pushing and shoving, threats and counter-threats, deals and counter-deals, after all the negotiating back and forth: so far, so good.

Healthcare's Public Option: Dean vs. Burgess (VID)

Blaise Zerega | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Blaise Zerega

I have a sinking feeling that by the time the Senate has its turn, the public option will resemble a poor combination of Medicare and Medicaid.

Obama Tries To Build Support For Health Care By Promising Less

Washington Post | Ceci Connolly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

From the start of his presidency, Barack Obama made clear that his plan for enacting comprehensive health-care reform came down to three words: fast, ...

Health Care Bill Has Little Margin For Error In House

FiveThirtyEight.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Last night, the Energy and Commerce Committee voted 31-28 to approve a compromise version of the Democrats' health care reform bill. As the Energy and...

President's Field Team Targets Blue Dogs' Districts Over Health Care Battle

Dawn Teo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dawn Teo

Obama's former campaign arm, Organizing for America, is targeting districts of Blue Dog Dems reluctant to support health care reform with old-fashioned, on-the-ground operations.