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Democrats Retreat On AutoCare Reform

Steven Clifford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Steven Clifford

America has the most expensive and least effective AutoCare system in the world, but is incapable of changing it. Prior to World War II, most people ...

Rally -- Really

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

We went to the Lincoln Memorial to say, "Mr. Obama, We Have Your Back." We wanted to transmit a simple and functional message. Just, "We have your back, Big Guy. We are proud to have you."

Calling Out the House Progressive Caucus: Are You Men and Women, or Are You Mice?

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

If you break your pledge and vote for a health reform bill without this minimally robust version of the public option, you've ensured that even with a Democratic majority, all "reform" will be limited by your Blue Dog colleagues.

Mr. President, Please: A Little Less Oprah, a Little More LBJ

Joe Cutbirth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe Cutbirth

Want to know how to get this president's attention? Disagree with him or oppose him, and he's putty in your hands.

My Action Plan: 15 Things Every American Can Do Right Now

Michael Moore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Moore

I have 15 things we can all do right now to fix the very broken system in this country and to fight back against those who have brought us to where we are. C'mon people -- we can do this!

Will We Ever Hear the Message Instead of 'Shooting the Messenger?'

Deane Waldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deane Waldman

We owe it to ourselves to consider Congressman Roe's Healthcare Reform Bill memo, as our important concern, without reference to our biases, should be the message itself, not the messenger.

Sen. Baucus: You Are a Caviar Senator in a Hotdog State

Melinda Gopher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Melinda Gopher

The progressive left had hoped single payer would be a second New Deal. Instead, we got a Congress that is kidding itself and a president that refuses to lead.

Improving the Health Care Bill After It Passes Will Not Be Easy

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

Progressives who oppose this bill are not being obstructionist. Rather, they are taking the position that when real opportunities to reform health care arise, it is essential to get it right.

Senator Roland Burris "Not Playing Games" On The Public Option

Cynthia Gordy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Cynthia Gordy

As the Senate gears up for floor debate on its health care reform bill, Illinois Senator Roland Burris says he's through making concessions.

Fans of House Health Option Cite Rights, Hopes, But Risk Big Defeat

Andrew Kreig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Kreig

Despite favorable national poll numbers, the public option faces a potentially fatal counter-attack during the weeks ahead because of lack of follow-up by its proponents.

Who's Killing the Public Option? President Obama With a Rahm-Bow

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

Those fighting for a "robust" public option need to finally accept the hard truth that Barack Obama is not an ally. He's an obstacle.

Will An Oct. 27 Hill Hearing Make History For Your Health Rights?

Andrew Kreig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Kreig

To energize public support for robust health care reform, a civil rights icon and two House leaders are planning a hearing and rally to duplicate the reform achievements of the 1960s.

Sick with Terror: Inadequate Health Care Kills 45,000 Americans Per Year

Amy Goodman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amy Goodman

A killer that has stalked the U.S. public, claiming, by recent estimates, 45,000 lives annually. This killer is the lack of adequate health care in the U.S.

Why I'm Not Joining the Call to "Kill the Bill"

Wendell Potter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Instead of sending more "Kill the Bill" emails, we need to turn our attention now to leaders in the House, insisting they stick to their guns and improve on what the Senate has passed.

Health Care Street Heat Targets Senator Schumer, Demanding Medicare for All

Joseph Huff-Hannon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph Huff-Hannon

New York, NY. December 10, 2009 -- On Thursday morning, a group of friends and colleagues, mostly middle-aged, sat and chatted over coffee at a midtow...

Speaker Pelosi: Please Stop Bullsh*ting Us on Dropping State Single Payer Amendment

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

Progressive leaders are calling the neutered public option in the House bill a "once in a lifetime reform," despite the fact that it has eliminated the very provision they promised was essential.

So What if a Public Option Leads to Single-Payer?

Sahil Kapur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sahil Kapur

The conservative indictment against a public option is deeply ironic, and when closely examined, consists of two entirely contradictory cases about the nature of government.

Jeff Muskus

Bernie Sanders Presses For Vote On State Single-Payer Option | Jeff Muskus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

While Democratic leaders abandoned the public option on Thursday, one senator reignited his push for an amendment that would allow states to test-pilo...

BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina Urges Its Enrollees to Oppose Health Care Reform

Yuna Shin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Yuna Shin

As the Senate prepares to vote on health care reform, BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina sent its enrollees a mass mailing on Wednesday asking them to oppose health care reform.

Two Roads to Single Payer

D. Brad Wright | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
D. Brad Wright

We may end up with single-payer health care after all: since insurance companies aren't subject to anti-trust provisions, one or two large insurers could easily dominate a market.

My Blue Shield Experience Embodies Our Stupid and Wasteful Health Insurance System

Wendy Block | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Wendy Block

Recognize this melody? If you're a Blue Shield of California member, you hear it pretty much every time you call and end up holding till an actual person answers. A few days ago I heard it for half an hour.

Health Care for All Americans

Sen. Bernie Sanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Bernie Sanders

In my view, the real solution to the problem of how to reform health care in this country is a Medicare-for-all, single-payer system.

The Medicare-for-All Moment

Robert Weissman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Weissman

In a Medicare-for-All system, health care is available as a matter of right. No one is denied treatment because they can't pay. No one is mandated to buy coverage.

Health Care Reform

Sen. Bernie Sanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Bernie Sanders

I am going to continue the fight for single-payer. I am cautiously optimistic that we may end up with legislation that will allow states to go forward with single-payer if they want to.

Breakfast with the Scars

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

On the national level the blood sport game of politics is played on a grand scale. Locally, the rough and tumble can leave real scars.