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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.

Why Universal Health Care Is Essential for a More Equitable Society

Anja Rudiger | Posted 05.31.2015 | Politics
Anja Rudiger

Why is universal health care, which is commonplace around the world, so hard to achieve in the United States? Why are we unable to overcome a market-based system that leads to a hundred thousand unnecessary deaths each year?

The Latest Assault on the Affordable Care Act: An HIV-Positive, 34-Year-Old Man's Perspective

Jeremy Markman | Posted 05.31.2015 | Gay Voices
Jeremy Markman

I would not be here today if it wasn't for the free, quality health care I was given in the form of Medicaid. I support the ACA and I advocate for a single payer national health insurance system. This is what we all need in order to be a society in which our ideals are realized rather than sold off. We can't go backwards, there's just too much at stake.

Brits Think We're Nuts for Believing Our Health System Is Better Than Theirs

Wendell Potter | Posted 04.25.2015 | Politics
Wendell Potter

When I was an industry PR guy, I was part of a never-ending effort to defame the NHS, usually by citing a few anecdotes about Brits who claimed to endure long waits for needed care. The industry's propaganda got little resistance from the media or the American public.

America's New Single-Payer Majority

Rep. John Conyers | Posted 04.07.2015 | Politics
Rep. John Conyers

While Obamacare has been a step in the right direction, more and more people across the country understand that a single-payer healthcare system is the only way to guarantee quality care and at the same time reduce medical costs.

A View of Healthcare from Room K 631

Pearl Korn | Posted 03.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Pearl Korn

Hours before Christmas, at exactly 7:00am on December 24th, I was heading to the Emergency Room at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx. Montefiore ...

Governor Shumlin's Surrender: Vermont Democrats Abandon Quest for Single Payer Plan

Steve Early | Posted 02.22.2015 | Politics
Steve Early

For nearly four years, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin has been basking in the glow of press accolades like the one above. Unfortunately, what was often misreported nationally as a done deal was far from it in Montpelier, the state's capital.

Vermonters Burn Medical Bills To Protest Governor's Single-Payer Decision

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 12.19.2014 | Politics

Activists gathered Thursday at Vermont's state Capitol to protest Gov. Peter Shumlin's (D) decision to drop the state's planned conversion to a single...

Critical Months Ahead for Single-Payer Advocates

Wendell Potter | Posted 02.14.2015 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Whether the Green Mountain State keeps moving forward with its goal of achieving universal coverage while also reducing the growth of health care spending depends largely on how the state's residents and businesses react to what Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin has in mind.

An Economic Agenda for America: 12 Steps Forward

Sen. Bernie Sanders | Posted 01.31.2015 | Politics
Sen. Bernie Sanders

The long-term deterioration of the middle class, accelerated by the Wall Street crash of 2008, has not been pretty. Today, we have more wealth and income inequality than any major country on earth.

A Main Street Way to Help Obese People

Don McNay | Posted 10.24.2014 | Business
Don McNay

"Don't you know things can change Things'll go your way If you can hold on for one more day" -Wilson Phillips I'm 55 years old and morbidly obese. ...

President Obama, Go Big or Go Home

Robbie Gennet | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics
Robbie Gennet

There's an old saying in surfing: Go big or go home. Right now, each race around the country is in it's own little bubble, disconnected to the larger narrative. Only true vision and leadership can unite them to raise a populist wave and that is what the Presidential pulpit is for.

The Supreme Court, Hobby Lobby, and the Need for a Single-Payer System

Bob Seay | Posted 08.30.2014 | Politics
Bob Seay

More than anything else, the Supreme Court's 5-4 decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby vividly illustrates the need for a single-payer health care system that does not involve employers.

The VA Scandal -- What Lessons Can We Draw?

John Geyman | Posted 08.03.2014 | Politics
John Geyman

The V.A. scandal over access to care for our veterans is, of course, a betrayal of our government's debt to our veterans and a national disgrace that needs fixing on an urgent basis. Although we still don't know the full extent of the problems.

Health Care Reform and the Futures of Primary Care and Psychiatry

John Geyman | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics
John Geyman

What does health care reform have to do with the futures of primary care and psychiatry? A lot, and most of it is still under our collective radar screen.

Mark Blumenthal

Those Who Label Obamacare 'Not Liberal Enough' Don't Necessarily Want It To Be More Liberal

HuffingtonPost.com | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Some supporters of the Affordable Care Act claim that polls showing majority opposition to the law are misleading because many of these ...

The War Against Poets and Adjuncts: Is Obamacare Enough?

Julie Sokolow | Posted 06.04.2014 | College
Julie Sokolow

How can creatives who freelance, wait tables, and piece together stressful hodgepodge livings achieve security?

Hillary Clinton Likes Obamacare, And Opposes Single-Payer Health Insurance

Eric Zuesse | Posted 05.01.2014 | Politics
Eric Zuesse

Hillary Clinton has confirmed, to a paying audience of 20,000 sellers of electronic health records systems, that she supports Obamacare, and opposes s...

Continuity of Health Care: Going, Going... Almost Gone!

John Geyman | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics
John Geyman

We have heard the promises as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was being sold to the public, including -- you can keep your doctor and insurance if you like it. We now know those promises to be mostly false as the ACA enters its fifth year of implementation.

While Obamacare Enrollment Continues to Lag, Labor Builds Support for Expanded and Improved Medicare for All

Pearl Korn | Posted 02.28.2014 | Politics
Pearl Korn

We might recall that it was labor that gave us the middle class during the post World War II years as they worked to indeed lift all boats in that time of unprecedented prosperity. Can they lead our nation once again in this time of unprecedented need?