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Ebola Crisis Underscores Failures of ACA 'Market-Driven' Insurance, the Need for Medicare-for-All

Michele Swenson | Posted 02.17.2015 | Politics
Michele Swenson

An Ebola-like crisis accentuates the fragmented piecemeal nature of U.S. health coverage and access. Americans are stuck between a rock and a hard place -- some forced to buy insurance that they are unable to use because they cannot afford high deductibles and copays.

Stupid Is as Stupid Does

Wendell Potter | Posted 01.17.2015 | Politics
Wendell Potter

When I saw the news coverage of White House health care adviser Jonathan Gruber's remarks, in which he essentially called Americans stupid, I thought of the old saying, "With friends like that, who needs enemies?" My next thought was, who's being stupid here?

Why Some Republicans Think Health Insurance for Undocumented Residents Makes Sense

Wendell Potter | Posted 12.14.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Democrats in Congress decided not to provide coverage to the estimated 11.5 million undocumented residents in the U.S. Actually, it'd be more accurate to say that many of them were unwilling to vote for a reform bill enabling undocumented residents to buy coverage on the state health insurance exchanges out of fear of jeopardizing their re-election chances.

Mitt Romney: The GOP's Great White Hope

Andy Ostroy | Posted 09.14.2014 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

A New Hampshire Granite Poll released last week showed Romney with an astonishing 39 percent lead over all other hopefuls including Christie, Bush, Paul, Rubio, Rob Portman and Ted Cruz, none of whom broke single digits. That's a pretty startling statistic.

The VA Scandal Proves We Need Four More Years of Obama

Brian Joyce | Posted 08.03.2014 | Politics
Brian Joyce

With all due respect to Sen. McCain, I have a different take on this. I, too, am outraged by the lack of care that many of our veterans have received, but I'm not at all bewildered by it. In fact, I saw it coming for years.

Romney Endorsement: Toxic or Tonic for Republican Voters

Jason Salzman | Posted 07.19.2014 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Last week, ColordoPols reported that gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez agreed, in no uncertain terms, that the federal government has the right to ...

GOP Divorced From Reality on Obamacare

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 07.12.2014 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Just last week, Republicans got caught in a lie about Obamacare very publicly -- at their own hearing on Obamacare. As failed GOP presidential wannabe Rick Perry would say, "Oops."

Jason Linkins

Harvard Study Suggests Health Insurance Saves Lives. The Hill Wonders If That's A Good Thing. | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.06.2014 | Politics

Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health have conducted a study of Massachusetts' Commonwealth Care program, and they've found something ver...

Jeffrey Young

Obamacare Could Save A Bunch Of Lives: Harvard Study | Jeffrey Young | Posted 05.07.2014 | Business

Fewer people died in Massachusetts after the state enacted its landmark legislation to cover the uninsured, according to a new Harvard University stud...

The Ryan Budget Myth and Obamacare

Harlan Green | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics
Harlan Green

Paul Ryan has come up with his latest Republican budget proposal, and it changes nothing. It neither promotes economic growth nor reduces the budget deficit, as with past proposals. That's because its real target is to win some Senate seats by targeting Obamacare, for starters. And it can't do that without telling some whoppers.

Massachusetts Tackles Next Phase of Health Care Reform: Controlling Costs

Wendell Potter | Posted 04.05.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

While lawmakers in Washington and state capitals continue to obsess about Obamacare, Massachusetts legislators have focused their attention on the next phase of reform: health care costs.

Now for the Next Part of Reform: Controlling Health Care Costs

Wendell Potter | Posted 03.15.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

A valid criticism of the Affordable Care Act is that it doesn't do enough to control health care costs. But all is not lost. Progress can be made to control health care costs. And once again, Massachusetts might be able to lead the way.

Mitt Romney Blasts Obama For Telling People What Kind Of Insurance To Buy

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney criticized Barack Obama on Sunday for the broken promise that Obama's landmark heal...

Santorum Questions Obama's 'Competence'

Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 12.02.2013 | Politics

Former Pennsylvania senator and Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum said Sunday that the problems with the rollout of Obamacare call Preside...

Obamacare: Ragged Rollout, Ghoulish Gloating

Rick Horowitz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

You're enjoying the problems? Really?...

President Obama's Press Conference on the Affordable Care Act

John K. Herr | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
John K. Herr

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Thank you. It's been six weeks since the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's new marketplace has been open for business. A...

Obamacare Website's Upcoming Spike

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Most who don't really understand technology have been speaking of the Obamacare website as if it only had two possible states: "broken" and "working." The truth is a little subtler than that. This could be a political disaster in the making -- a separate disaster than the initial rollout.

What's the GOP Strategy to Deal With Obamacare's Success?

Fernando Espuelas | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Fernando Espuelas

Perhaps the oft-repeated truism that the biggest fear of Tea Party Republicans is that people will actually be happy with ACA -- and thereby fatally undermine their goal of dismantling the social safety net -- is correct.

Romney: Obama's Second Term Is 'Rotting' Away

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 11.04.2013 | Politics

President Barack Obama has touted Massachusetts' health care law as the model for his signature legislation. But former Massachusetts Governor Mit...

5 Reasons Republicans Should Embrace Obamacare... and Take Credit for It

Paul Abrams | Posted 11.14.2013 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Republicans would be far better served embracing Obamacare, labeling it correctly, taking credit for it, and using it to "prove" the virtues of free market competition.

Health Insurers And Hospitals Offer Aid To Boston Bombing Victims

The Huffington Post | Jeffrey Young | Posted 04.24.2013 | Business

Patients injured in last week's bombings near the finish line at the Boston Marathon are poised to get a little help from their health insurance compa...

Jeffrey Young

'Romneycare' In Massachusetts Means Fewer Big Bills For Boston Bombing Victims | Jeffrey Young | Posted 04.23.2013 | Business

The victims of the Boston Marathon bombing have endured pain and injury but they may be spared further insult in the form of huge medical bills, thank...

Get Ready to Get Spun -- Again -- By Masters of Spin

Wendell Potter | Posted 01.12.2013 | Politics
Wendell Potter

If health care leaders really cared a whit about the most vulnerable, millions of us would not be uninsured because of common industry practices -- practices like charging women and older people such high premiums that many have no option but to remain uninsured.

Friday Talking Points -- Advice for the Republican Party

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.09.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

You ready, Republican Party? Are you sitting down? Here's what you have to do to avoid going the way of the Whigs. It's pretty easy -- it would fit on a Twitter message: "Begin championing Puerto Rican statehood."

Will President Obama's Team of Rivals Include Mitt Romney?

Lonna Saunders | Posted 11.07.2012 | Politics
Lonna Saunders

Much has been made of the differences between these two presidential rivals, President Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney. But are they so different after all?