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How the Democrats Should Have Handled the Health Care Debate

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

A question for the Democrats: How long can you keep getting outplayed by the Republicans, not deliver on your promises and continue to ask for our votes?

Hey, Don't Save Me From Government Health Care!

Jon Soltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jon Soltz

If government-run insurance and care is so evil and so horrible, then why do conservatives keep supporting leaving America's troops and veterans in that kind of system?

The Passing of the Kennedys and Healthcare Reform

Michael B. Laskoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael B. Laskoff

With the de facto passing of the Kennedy's in politics, we have truly reached the end of an era. What comes next, it seems, is an age in which the operative question has changed. It is now: what can America do for me?

How Not to Do Healthcare Reform

Jesse Larner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jesse Larner

In making the rich and employers pay for his pathetic "public option" in an essentially private system, Obama completely fails to understand that health care risks, costs, and benefits should be socialized.

Single-Payer Straw Man

Reed Wacker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Reed Wacker

Senator Nancy Pelosi said that single payer is "off the table." But a strong public option could be closer to single-payer than I first thought.

Private Health Care is Stranding U.S. Expats Overseas

James Glave | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Glave

There are a number of Americans who left the country at some point for various reasons -- and who now can't return because they or their dependents are effectively uninsurable.

In Health Care, Complexity Costs and Kills. ObamaCare Will Increase Complexity: You Do the Math

Deane Waldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deane Waldman

Complexity is considered bad in most business activities because it reduces efficiency and therefore costs money. In health care it is worse.

Up Close and Personal With the U.S. Health Care System

Richard Walden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Walden

This week, thousands of L.A.'s unemployed and medically uninsured will have their eyes examined, their teeth cared for, their lab work and radiology work done -- free.

Health-Care Reform was the Key Issue in the 2008 Campaign...What Happened?

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

For some, the system works best when elites make the most fundamental decisions for our society, unencumbered by the trappings of "democracy", and when the population is depoliticized, misinformed, or both.

Occam's Razor Can Cut Down the Health Care Lobbyists

Gary S. Chafetz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary S. Chafetz

Private health-insurance and pharmaceutical industry lobbyists are threatening the health and stability of America. Some argue that this is equivalent to crimes against humanity.

Top Blue Dog Boasts: "We Held Bill Hostage," Killed Single Payer (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Susan Crile | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Rep. Mike Ross on Thursday boasted about how his Blue Dog coalition "held the [health care] bill hostage in committee for 10 days" and prevented a sin...

Republicans Work To Sweep The Leg Of Health Care Reform (VIDEO)

Matthew Filipowicz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Matthew Filipowicz

There are actual facilities where right wingers can go to practice and hone their yelling and disrupting skills. We have obtained footage from one such facility. Take a look.

The Incredible Shrinking Health Care Reform

Norman Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Norman Solomon

Notions of universal health care are fading in the power centers of politics -- while more and more attention focuses on the care and feeding of the insurance industry.

The Health Care Bubble: The Status Quo Is Unsustainable

Louise Marie Roth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Louise Marie Roth

Defenders of the status quo seem unable to see the big health insurance bubble for what it is: an unsustainable, out-of-control behemoth headed for a huge collision.

Florida's Enigma

Jerry Waxman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jerry Waxman

Senator Bill Nelson's (D-FL) staff surprised the delegates by stating that the Senator likes the public option -- however, they were wondering if they were being told what he thought they wanted to hear.

Republicans, Healthcare and Money

Stu Kreisman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stu Kreisman

All but three Republicans voted against the stimulus, yet they all are gladly taking the money. Seeing a trend here?

Are Liberal Netroots Groups Helping Obama Fail?

Jeff Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Cohen

As things stand now, a weak public option would institutionalize a two-tiered system. Newt Gingrich couldn't dream up a better scenario to discredit a government role in health care.

Health Care Today: Separate Is Not Equal

Jeanine Molloff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jeanine Molloff

End the de facto segregation we have now under private insurers and replace it with mandated single-payer health care for all Americans. This is the civil rights issue of our day.

Barney Frank Pledges: I Will Not Vote For A Bill Without A Public Option

Firedoglake | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Barney Frank has released a letter in response to inquiries from constituents as to whether he would take the pledge to oppose any bill that does not ...

Finding Common Ground Between Public Option Advocates and Single Payer Advocates

Ian Welsh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ian Welsh

The public option folks assume the single payer folks just want to be pure rather than save lives; the single payer folks assume that the public option folks are just sell-outs shilling for a bad bill.

How to Debate Health Reform with Conservatives, and Not Get Arrested

Michael J. Elston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael J. Elston

A recent health care reform debate with a friend got so heated I was nearly arrested for disorderly conduct in my own home! How can you protect yourself from becoming part of an ugly, national incident?

Healthcare and Food Policy: Part of the Same Conversation

Paula Crossfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Paula Crossfield

The critics of single-payer are either paid to tell you this, or are brainwashed by the multi-million dollar lobbying and advertising paid for by insurance companies and the pharmaceutical industry.

Senatorial Silence on Single-Payer

Jeanine Molloff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jeanine Molloff

When you consider the vast resources of the US Senate, we should demand serious accountability and transparency when it comes to the health care debate.

Left, Right & Center: Health Care

HuffPost Radio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
HuffPost Radio

Obama has acceded that there won't be a health care plan coming out of Congress before the August recess. Tony says strategically, this could be trick...

Breaking Down the Health Care Bill with Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Charlotte Robinson

In this exclusive interview, Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), explains the landmark health care bill in comprehensive language we can all understand.