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Civility on Display at Massa Town Hall

Tim Ellis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tim Ellis

It is always easier to make a story out of the sensational, as we've seen time and again over the past. But steady, solid yet passionate democracy in action - this, too, is a story worth telling.

Dionne: TV Over-Covering The Right-Wing Fringe

Washington Post | E.J. Dionne Jr. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Health-care reform is said to be in trouble partly because of those raucous August town-hall meetings in which Democratic members of Congress were bes...

The Big Elephant In The Room Of Health Care Reform

Deborah Rozman Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Deborah Rozman Ph.D.

Health care costs will keep going up, up, up, regardless of the plan adopted, unless incentives are provided for reducing lifestyle risk factors.

Health Care & Town Halls

George Mitrovich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
George Mitrovich

There was fear in the middle school gym Saturday, palpable fear; fear of what the government might do to impose by fiat health care on the nation -- but it was driven by lies and distortions.

Minorities and Health Care: What's the Real Story?

Francesca Biller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Francesca Biller

While health care is in need of radical reform for millions of Americans, minorities and especially blacks have historically suffered disproportionately from poor or non-existent health care.

Stone Age Politics in the Health Care Reform Debate

Henryk A. Kowalczyk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Henryk A. Kowalczyk

The health care debate is about name-calling, it is about "death panels," and it is about socialism. Decision tables are nowhere to be seen.

Matt Osborne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matt Osborne

The town hall protests are a form of undead politics, and these are the necromancers who have raised it.

Health Care & Town Halls

George Mitrovich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
George Mitrovich

I drove to a middle school in the Spring Valley area of San Diego to moderate a "town hall" meeting on health care.

With New Strategy White House Plays Last Card on Health Care: Lead a Bipartisan Bill or Risk a Defining First Year Failure

Jennifer Donahue | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jennifer Donahue

The public option has to be minimized and renamed. Co-op is now a loaded a term; try 'non-profit optional choice for those who have no insurance' instead.

Schakowsky Conducts Town Hall Meeting on Health Care

Miles J. Zaremski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Miles J. Zaremski

With grace and style, United States House of Representatives Congresswoman Janice Schakowsky (D-9th) conducted her town hall meeting in a Skokie, Illinois high school on August 31.

What's So "Public" About the Public Option?

Jeffrey Feldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeffrey Feldman

The shifting definition of "public option" is not accidental, but is emerging from the perception by Democrats in the House that the August recess caused them great damage.

Don't Worry, Get Angry: Hillary's Health Care Travesty

Linda Keenan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda Keenan

Seventy-eight percent of the people who had to file for medical-related bankruptcy actually had health insurance. Hillary St. Pierre, a spunky 27-year-old mother, is a case in point.

WaPo Slow to Cover Real Grassroots Climate Actions

Gillian Caldwell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gillian Caldwell

Local and regional media have been on point about what's going on in their backyards. Unfortunately, local media does not create a national theme

Health Insurance Reformers Continue Coming Out in Massive Numbers Saturday

Jeremy Bird | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeremy Bird

We knew change was not going to come easy. It never has. But, it is coming. I can feel it in the air here in Milwaukee.

"...And to the Republic for Which it Stands..."

Gary Hart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary Hart

Shouting at town hall meetings may vent anger, but it is not sufficient to eliminate corruption in American government. Exercising popular sovereignty through constructive civic duty, though, would be a start.

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

Much has been said this week about Sen. Ted Kennedy. About his life, his legislative legacy, and what effect his death could have on the passage of health care reform. Sadly, it's not going to make it any easier. We are not talking about naming a bridge after him but about milestone legislation. And even the death of a major political figure whose cause this was is not going to make the insurance companies, the drug companies, or a single GOP colleague of Kennedy's suddenly see the light. It just doesn't work that way. The best proponents of real reform can hope for is that Kennedy's death will turn the debate away from the lies, misconceptions, and petty squabbling, and back to the millions of Americans struggling to make ends meet who were always Ted Kennedy's prime focus.

Health Care Reform and The Awesome Power of Techno-Confusion

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Dr. Peggy Drexler

Information technology has added rocket fuel to the engine of democracy. Will it power us forward or keep us spinning wildly in one spot?

10 "Simple" Steps to Health Care Reform

Francine Hardaway | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Francine Hardaway

Here are ten simple things we can do to reform health care.

Ryan Grim

Senate Republican Leaders Plan Closed Health Care Forum | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senate Republicans may have found a way to keep public health care meetings at home from getting out of control: keep the public out. On Monday, Sena...

"We Need Help!": The Health Care Clip Every American Should Watch

Jeffrey Feldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeffrey Feldman

As the battle heats up to pass meaningful health care reform with a robust public option, a video has emerged that captures the raw emotions of Americans suffering under the cruelty of the current system.

Dem Rep. Marshall: I Haven't Read the Health Care Bill And I Won't Vote For It

HuffPost's Eyes & Ears | Terry Humphrey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Terry Humphrey reported from Warner Robbins, Georgia, as part of HuffPost's Eyes & Ears Town Hall Watch. Rep. Jim Marshall (D-GA) held his second t...

Matt Osborne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matt Osborne

The first-term congressman later spoke of closing off the Mexican border. Over the course of the town hall, he made a series of such spurious statements, each time winning the audience's agreement.

Dem Rep. Marshall: I Haven't Read the Health Care Bill, But I Won't Vote For It.

Terry Humphrey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Terry Humphrey

Marshall said that he hadn't read H.R. 3200 because he knew it didn't meet his criteria for health care reform and therefore he wasn't going waste his time.

Eyeing A Comeback, Former Rep. Walberg Holds Health Care Town Halls

Chris Savage | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Savage

Although he holds no public office whatsoever, Walberg has been holding health care town hall meetings as he gets ready for a rematch in 2010 against Rep. Schauer.

The Last Shall Be First: Kennedy and Health Care Reform

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

For all of us who have survived Kennedy, we must take up the gauntlet. We must ensure that the "never say never" attitude that was his signature on health care reform, does not wither on the vine.