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The Kochs Don't Realize That They Are, Singlehandedly, Paving the Way to Single Payer

Paul Abrams | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Instead of the Affordable Care Act becoming President Obama's Waterloo, the Kochs' war against it may turn out to be their Iraq. Who, after all, believes Bush actually intended to strengthen Iran and the Shia?

Time to Dismiss the Stereotypes in Health Care Debate

Gary Stein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Miami
Gary Stein

The patient may be using Medicaid to get care, but that does not mean that she has been eligible all of her life. The past decade has seen millions of people lose their jobs and grasp at social services to maintain their health and the health of their family, especially in 2009.

One Oath to Unite Us

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 11.25.2013 | Business
Sarah O'Leary

When the dedicated, expert hospital staff saves a life -- yet the survivor loses all of his assets down a fiscal rabbit hole because of wildly inflated medical bills -- how is the hospital honoring its vow?

Paying Cash for Kids and Cancer

Kelsey Timmerman | Posted 09.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Kelsey Timmerman

It's possible that to have a nickel-sized spot of cancer cut from my head will cost us more than the birth of our second child. I doubt I've got it in me to ask the surgeon to go without a local anesthetic, but maybe I will bring my own bandages and painkiller to cut down on costs.

Medicare and the Election

Diane Archer | Posted 01.02.2013 | Politics
Diane Archer

Medicare is far from perfect, but it works. Though it's true that Medicare will consume a growing percentage of the GDP in the long-run, it's the dysfunction of our overall health care system that is driving up costs. We cannot risk privatizing it for political expedience.

Shamefully, Medicare and Medicaid Are Being Abandoned by President Obama and Both Political Parties

Ed Koch | Posted 09.04.2011 | New York
Ed Koch

I've been told by a knowledgeable friend that doctors throughout the country are notifying patients that they will no longer accept Medicare payments ...

Saving Medicare From "Private-izing" Ryan.

Paul Abrams | Posted 06.16.2011 | Politics
Paul Abrams

What kind of person deliberately deceives and misleads hundreds of millions of people into accepting a fairy-tale for their future health coverage -- and would leave them powerless to do anything about it?

There He Goes Again

Jonathan Weiler | Posted 06.11.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Weiler

In his most recent New York Times column, David Brooks did what he does best -- attempted to dress up extremism in the guise of respectable, measured language.

Sam Stein

Private Insurance Stays Silent, 'Neutral' On Health Care Repeal | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After Republican leadership failed to pass repeal legislation in the Senate on Wednesday night, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Commi...

In Praise of Public Hospitals

Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD

Public hospitals have a bad rap. They're viewed by many as hospitals of last resort, and most patients with private insurance do anything to avoid them.

Coloradans Exert Pressure On Bennet Over Public Option

Scott O'Sullivan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

On Wednesday, March 24, the morning after a major spring snow storm blasted Denver, a group of approximately 50 Colorado citizens led by local progres...

Health Care and Bipartisanship in the Balance

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

President Obama, this is your moment for political courage, vision, leadership, and faith. We urge you to take heart and move meaningful health care reform forward.

Public Health Care Spending To EXCEED Private Insurance Spending In 2011

Wall Street Journal | PETER LANDERS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

For the first time, government programs next year will account for more than half of all U.S. health-care spending, federal actuaries predict, as the ...

Clinic With Two Doors, A Symbol Of Two-Tier Care | Bill Dedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

NEW YORK - In America, you get what you pay for. Those who pay more get better service. That's the way it is in restaurants, and in health care, too. ...

Sam Stein

Goldman To Private Insurers: No Health Care Reform At All Is Best | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A Goldman Sachs analysis of health care legislation has concluded that, as far as the bottom line for insurance companies is concerned, the best thing...

Sam Stein

Private Insurer Also Provides "Death Panel" Coverage | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

For all the hysteria regarding "death panels" being established in health care legislation, it's worth noting that under one major private insurance p...

Yes We Need Heath Care Reform, But Not to Look Like London

Carol Felsenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carol Felsenthal

I do not mean to argue that health care reform is not needed here, but rather that the British model is not one to emulate. In 2002, our son was hit by a motorcycle while crossing a London street.

Our Existing Public Option

Terry Curtis Fox | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Terry Curtis Fox

Private insurance companies don't want to be good capitalists and innovate. They fear competition because they are in a position where they don't need to provide a better service.

The Last Story on Reforming Health Care: We Have Nothing to Fear But Fear Itself

Miles J. Zaremski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles J. Zaremski

The debate over health care reform has turned to politics of fear and fear-mongering, instead of focusing on facts and reality.

How to Win a Culture War

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Want to know how to win a culture war? Don't fight one.

Three Moral Issues of Health Care

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

With an issue like health, deeply personal but of great public concern, the faith community has a unique and important role to play: to define and raise the moral issues that lay just beneath the policy debate.

Private Insurers' Goals: Good Targets or Cynical PR?

John Geyman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
John Geyman

The gap between the rhetorical goal of low cost and price gouging is easy to understand: most insurers are investor owned and put their shareholders first.