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Bernie Sanders' Health Care for All and Free College: Idealism or Practical Realism?

Bernard Starr | Posted 02.04.2016 | Politics
Bernard Starr

To call health care for all and free college education idealism is to deny realistic possibilities in the service of an ideology that idealizes greed and eschews compassion and courage. It's defeatism and a betrayal of the American way.

More Signs Of Fuzzy Math In The Bernie Sanders Health Plan

The Huffington Post | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 02.04.2016 | Politics

There’s new reason to think the numbers in the Bernie Sanders health care plan don’t add up. On Wednesday, the Center for a Responsible F...

Hillary Isn't Making Sense: How Does 'Debate' on Bernie's Single Payer Plan Equal Obamacare Repeal?

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 01.31.2016 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

If we end up in gridlock while discussing single payer, the Affordable Care Act remains in place. Surely Secretary Clinton knows this. Surely anyone who has even the slightest clue about how laws work in this country knows this. Yet she seems to be telling voters something different.

What One Critic Gets Wrong About The Sanders Health Care Plan

David Himmelstein | Posted 01.29.2016 | Politics
David Himmelstein

Kenneth Thorpe, an Emory University professor who served in the Clinton administration, claims Sanders's single-payer plan would break the bank. But his analysis rests on several incorrect, and occasionally outlandish, assumptions.

Bernie Sanders' Health Plan Is Too Good To Be True, Analyst Says

The Huffington Post | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 01.27.2016 | Politics

When Bernie Sanders released his universal health care plan last week, promising that most people would receive more generous insurance coverage whil...

Why Bernie Sanders Is the Candidate Who Will Do Most for People With HIV

Jamie Pohotsky | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jamie Pohotsky

As an American gay man, living in the UK, but with a vote in the New Hampshire primary, there is one thing that has become clear to me recently, especially since the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) endorsed Secretary Clinton: Bernie Sanders is the best candidate for the LGBT community, and specifically, LGBT-ers living with HIV.

When Treating Illness Is No Longer Affordable

Randall Horton | Posted 01.22.2016 | Politics
Randall Horton

When we in the U.S. get sick, we don't think about how we can recover, how we can endure the pain, or the spiritual significance of our pain; rather, we think of how we will pay for our bills.

Bernie Sanders Is Promising Health Care Utopia, With No Way To Deliver

The Huffington Post | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 01.21.2016 | Politics

The Bernie Sanders health care plan, which the Vermont senator released this week, sounds pretty spectacular at first blush. It’s a proposal to...

Bernie Sanders: The Baby Boomer's Best Choice?

Lennard Davis | Posted 01.20.2016 | Politics
Lennard Davis

Sanders against Trump? It sounds crazy, but this election cycle is crazy. If Trump attacks Bernie, Bernie has a strong comeback. He's not tainted by his history, and he's got a compelling populist message to counter Trump's populism. Hillary doesn't.

Sanders Medicare for All: Finally a Plan to Protect Our Most Precious Gift -- Our Health

Rose Ann DeMoro | Posted 01.18.2016 | Politics
Rose Ann DeMoro

Bernie Sanders' new plan for achieving the dream of countless Americans for nearly a century -- healthcare coverage for everyone -- deserves all of our thanks. And nurses will fight to make it come true.

Bernie Sanders Releases Health Plan And It's Even More Ambitious Than You Thought

The Huffington Post | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 01.18.2016 | Politics

Bernie Sanders on Sunday released his plan to reform the American health insurance system -- or, more accurately, to reinvent it from scratch. It's a...

Friday Talking Points -- The Knives Come Out

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.20.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The winner of the Most Disappointing Democrat Of The Week award was none other than Chelsea Clinton. There's a word for what she is doing, and it is called "fearmongering."

Bernie Sanders and the New American Social Contract

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 01.14.2016 | Politics
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

Will Bernie Sanders win the nomination while running on this platform? Can he win a general election? Certainly, in this election cycle the American public appears readier than it has been in two generations to return to its progressive heritage.

Rationing of Health Care: Private Gain vs. The Common Good

John Geyman | Posted 12.15.2015 | Politics
John Geyman

Rationing, the hated R-word, evokes widespread resentment and debate whenever mentioned in connection with health care in the U. S. There are many who hold that we don't ration care now, never want to, and that the free market will work its magic and be fair to all without rationing if we just keep the government out of health care.

Democrats Too Often Prioritize Political Opportunism Over Principled Policymaking

Ben Spielberg | Posted 11.25.2015 | Politics
Ben Spielberg

Despite the presence of an increasingly viable progressive alternative, Democrats continue to lean against their own interests in the mistaken belief that it will help them win elections. Then they wonder why we're stuck with rising inequality and a political system rigged against the majority of the population.

Clinton Attacks Sanders’ Progressive Agenda

The Huffington Post | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 11.18.2015 | Politics

This is why Hillary Clinton makes so many progressives queasy. The former secretary of state and front-runner for the Democratic presidential nominat...

CEO Richard Master Masterminds Full Medicare for All

Ralph Nader | Posted 11.09.2015 | Politics
Ralph Nader

Just when the prospects for single-payer or full Medicare for everyone appear to be going nowhere, from Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley comes a stirring that could go national and make single-payer a reality.

Misinformation About the Cost of Single-Payer National Health Insurance

John Geyman | Posted 09.21.2015 | Politics
John Geyman

In a front-page Wall Street Journal article a few days ago, the projection was made that a single-payer national health insurance program (NHI), as part of the presidential campaign of Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), would cost $15 trillion over ten years.

How to Help Shatter the Class Ceiling: Elect Bernie Sanders

Rose Ann DeMoro | Posted 09.20.2015 | Politics
Rose Ann DeMoro

With declining social mobility, our children for the first time in history facing less opportunity and a lower standard of living than their parents, and a rapidly shrinking promise of the American dream, smashing the Class Ceiling is our most pressing priority.

What Trump Doesn't Get About Those "Artificial Lines" Around States

Wendell Potter | Posted 08.10.2015 | Entertainment
Wendell Potter

Imagine how many more people a doctor would have to hire just to deal with a boatload of new insurers. Or to deal with a bunch of politicians who don't know what they're talking about.

Friday Talking Points -- GOP Debates, Round One

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.17.2015 | Entertainment
Chris Weigant

Well, that was entertaining, wasn't it? We refer, of course, to the grand spectacle of the first Republican presidential debates, held last night on Fox News. Since this is all anyone's talking about in the political world today, we are going to follow suit and devote most of this column to our reactions.

The GOP Scrum

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 08.03.2015 | Entertainment
Joe Peyronnin

Handling Trump in Thursday's debate will be challenging, especially for Jeb Bush, who may have the most to lose if he performs poorly. Although it is very early in the campaign, first impressions can be important.

Happy 50th Medicare!

Paul Y. Song, MD | Posted 07.26.2015 | Politics
Paul Y. Song, MD

When I graduated from medical school almost 25 years ago, I was asked by then U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. C. Everett Koop, to raise my right hand and recite the Hippocratic Oath. In it, I recall "I will abstain from that system which is deleterious and mischievous to my patients."

Friday Talking Points -- Racist Domestic Terrorism

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.19.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It's been a rollercoaster week in the political world, beginning with Hillary Clinton shifting the gears of her campaign by holding her first big rally, which was immediately followed by the man we're going to call "Jeb! Bush!" finally officially announcing his own candidacy.

Friday Talking Points -- Run, Bernie, Run!

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.01.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Bernie Sanders deserves the Most Impressive Democrat award this week, because he threw his hat in the ring. No, he is not Elizabeth Warren. But, more importantly, he is running to become president, which she is not.