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Stan Dorn
Veteran health advocate and researcher Stan Dorn has worked on health policy for 25 years at the state and federal level. He began as a legal aid attorney helping low-income Californians obtain health care. Later as health division director at the Children's Defense Fund he led the organization's health policy team in a national campaign that helped create the Children's Health Insurance Program -- and he also helped defeat Newt Gingrich's proposal to replace Medicaid with a block grant. He is now a senior research associate at the Urban Institute, but his posts represent his personal opinions and should not be ascribed to the Urban Institute, its trustees, or funders.

Blog Entries by Stan Dorn

More Right-Wing Distortions on Health Reform

Posted October 13, 2009 | 12:27:50 (EST)

Now that the summer's "death panel" rumors about health reform legislation have been thoroughly debunked, right-wing extremists are resorting to other distortions in their fight against progressive change. A recent example is an article by hospital industry consultant Richard Baehr, published by the Republican Jewish Coalition.

Thousands of...

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Public Option Is Not Essential

Posted September 23, 2009 | 16:56:47 (EST)

If health reform legislation does not guarantee a public option, could progressives support it, in good conscience?

I hear this question a lot. My answer is yes -- so long as the bill provides millions of low-income uninsured with affordable, comprehensive health coverage.

To be clear, giving consumers the choice...

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