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The Public Option

Health Care on Life Support

Glenn C. Altschuler | Posted 12.04.2011 | Home
Glenn C. Altschuler

A liberal United States Senator, let's call him Edward M. Kennedy, dies. When he gets to heaven, he asks God, "Will America ever have national health insurance?" "Yes," the Lord replies, "but not in my lifetime."

The Public Option

Glenn C. Altschuler | Posted 09.11.2011 | Home
Glenn C. Altschuler

Let's be clear. What Americans need least is what they are now getting: trash talk about government as "the problem" and a claim now inflated to infallibility by Republican zealots that tax increases never -- ever -- promote the common good.

Health Care Reform: Some Optimism Please

SaraKay Smullens | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
SaraKay Smullens

Health care costs are rising fast and are the largest cause of personal bankruptcies. Our life expectancy is lower than most industrialized countries, but our health care costs more than any of them.

The Public Option, Who Makes Decisions to Treat Us, and Tort Reform

Miles J. Zaremski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles J. Zaremski

We are not in a room crafting health care legislation, so we have to rely on the words of those we elected to public office to truthfully tell us what they say, and how which bill will best benefit our lives.

Reform With and Without a Public Option

Stephen M. Davidson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen M. Davidson

It is important to understand what we will get -- and won't get -- if a bill passes without a public option.

What's So Great About Private Health Insurance: LA Times Columnist

Los Angeles Times | Michael Hiltzik | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Throughout the heroic struggle in Congress to provide a "public option" in health insurance, one question never seems to get answered: Why are we so i...