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Good News on Employer Premiums Is More Evidence of a Dramatic Economic Change for the Better

Jason Furman | Posted 09.10.2014 | Politics
Jason Furman

It is striking to note that if even as little as one-third of the recent slowdown persists, then, by 2023, national health expenditures would be $1,200 per person lower than if cost growth returned to the prior trend.

Campaign Ads Criticize the ACA, But Are the Claims Accurate?

Bob Semro | Posted 09.08.2014 | Denver
Bob Semro

The bottom line is that in a health care system as complicated as ours, problems have multiple causes. And a single law can't solve every problem. With these ads, it's best to remember that they aren't really trying to educate the listener or viewer. Rather, they are using selective arguments and trying to score political points.

Can Health Care Success Be Health Care Disaster?

Deane Waldman | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics
Deane Waldman

How can success be disaster, even in health care? As the Michael W. Smith song says, "Let me show you the way."

The Manufactured Crisis of Halbig

Elizabeth Taylor | Posted 08.27.2014 | Politics
Elizabeth Taylor

If the D.C. Circuit decision in Halbig v. Burwell became the law of the land, it would threaten to place health insurance once again out of reach for the approximately 4.7 million families and individuals living in the 36 states where the federal government set up the Exchange.

A Main Street Way to Help Obese People

Don McNay | Posted 08.25.2014 | Business
Don McNay

"Don't you know things can change Things'll go your way If you can hold on for one more day" -Wilson Phillips I'm 55 years old and morbidly obese. ...

Sincere, but Ideological: Judges Can Be Partisan, Even if Not Consciously Biased

Peter M. Shane | Posted 08.13.2014 | Politics
Peter M. Shane

It is honorable no doubt to defend federal judges against the charge that they are merely "partisan hacks." But there is no doubt that lawyers expect party ideology to affect those judges' rulings and that they are wise to do so.

Prominent HIV/AIDS Organizations Oppose California's A.B. 1576

Eric Paul Leue | Posted 08.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Eric Paul Leue

Let's be honest: The intentions of California's A.B. 1576 are, at best, unclear. While mandatory STI testing threatens privacy and individual rights of adult film performers, it is doubtful that enforcing outdated prevention efforts onto performers and productions will do any good for anyone.

ACA Might Be Unpopular With Seniors, but Most of Them Sure Get a Lot Out of It

Bob Semro | Posted 08.11.2014 | Denver
Bob Semro

Millions of Americans are benefiting from the Affordable Care Act. And yet it remains unpopular, even among seniors, many of whom have been seeing tangible benefits since the law passed in 2010.

Legislators Who Block Medicaid Expansion Are Stiffing Veterans Out of Health Care, and Stiffing Workers Out of Jobs

LeeAnn Hall | Posted 08.06.2014 | Politics
LeeAnn Hall

The scandal over long wait times for veterans has grabbed a lot of headlines and elicited a lot of anger -- as it should. But there's another health care scandal that also deserves its share of righteous anger.

Zach Carter

Barney Frank 'Appalled' By Obama Administration: 'They Just Lied To People'

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 08.01.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama made a major political mistake by lying about the details of his health care plan, according to former House Fina...

Understanding the Implications of Consumer Empowerment in Health Care

Renée Richardson Gosline | Posted 07.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Renée Richardson Gosline

The days of the passive patient and omnipotent Marcus Welby-like physician are long gone. Since the 1990s, consumer empowerment in health care has bee...

Jeanne White-Ginder Continues to Fight for the Ryan White Act

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 07.30.2014 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

As we continue the fight to eliminate HIV/AIDS around the world, we must never forget all those who are currently living with the disease and make sure that we do all we can to help them live long and productive lives. In the United States, that means continued funding of the Ryan White Act.

Government's New Year's Resolution: Grant All Americans Affordable Health Care Coverage

Mark Steber | Posted 07.21.2014 | Business
Mark Steber

You may qualify for a tax credit to help offset the cost of health insurance. That credit is generally paid directly to your health insurance company. You, then, only pay the part of the premium that the credit doesn't cover. But, getting that credit requires you to file a tax return to reconcile your payments and actual credit due. Sound confusing?

Debunking the 'Compromise' Myth

Joan E. Dowlin | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics
Joan E. Dowlin

For years the GOP has been whining about how President Obama has not and will not compromise with them. They say he has shunned them from the beginning.

Finally! Someone Explains What All Those Obamacare Numbers Mean!

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 09.10.2014 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

You're going to hear a lot about Obamacare this fall, especially from Republicans. They'll try to convince you that it was a bad deal. They'll throw numbers at you to make you think that the cost of health insurance is spiraling out of control. In all likelihood those numbers will be incorrect, but how will you know?

The Hobby Lobby Case Shows Why We Need a Single-payer Option

Howard Schweber | Posted 08.30.2014 | Politics
Howard Schweber

This is deeply troubling territory. Are we going to say that the government has the authority to tell religious individuals or groups that their beliefs about the significance of an action or subject are simply wrong?

ACA Discrimination Against People With HIV/AIDS Will Not Be Tolerated

Elizabeth Taylor | Posted 08.19.2014 | Politics
Elizabeth Taylor

An administrative process may not be as riveting as a Larry Kramer play or a massive AIDS protest, but anyone who cares about health care and access to treatment for those living with HIV and AIDS should be watching this case closely.

Health Insurance Premiums Can Be (And Always Have Been) Volatile

Bob Semro | Posted 06.13.2014 | Politics
Bob Semro

While the ACA may address some of the more extreme premium fluctuations, it does not fundamentally change the basic structure of a market that has always been highly volatile and uncertain. However, there are provisions in the ACA that do impact premiums.

The Power of Prevention

Susan Blumenthal, M.D. | Posted 06.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Susan Blumenthal, M.D.

Benjamin Franklin once said that "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure," yet 279 years later his words still have not been successfully put into medical practice.

Cancer Care in the US: The Achilles Heel of a Profit-Driven System

John Geyman | Posted 08.10.2014 | Politics
John Geyman

As other countries have found many years ago, the government must become more involved in pricing and financing of health care services, together with a more rigorous process of assessing services based on scientific evidence, efficacy and cost-effectiveness.

The VA Scandal -- What Lessons Can We Draw?

John Geyman | Posted 08.03.2014 | Politics
John Geyman

The V.A. scandal over access to care for our veterans is, of course, a betrayal of our government's debt to our veterans and a national disgrace that needs fixing on an urgent basis. Although we still don't know the full extent of the problems.

The Affordable Care Act In Kentucky: It's Working

Gov. Steve Beshear | Posted 07.29.2014 | Politics
Gov. Steve Beshear

I see the ACA's positive impact first-hand in my home state, a place whose collective poor health has long been jeopardizing the lives and financial security of hard-working families who can't seem to get ahead.

Republican Governors Show Their True Colors Turning Down Billions In Medicaid Expansion

Gerry Myers | Posted 07.26.2014 | Politics
Gerry Myers

When you turn down health care for millions of citizens, billions of dollars and job creation out of spite, you are not representing the best interests of your constituents.

Does The Pennsylvania Democratic Gubernatorial Primary Race Signal a Paradigm Shift in Politics?

Joan E. Dowlin | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics
Joan E. Dowlin

Career politicians beware. If the Pennsylvania Democratic Primary race for Governor is any indication, the normal rules for politics are a-changing. T...

On Racism, Conservatives Fail to Self-police

Dale Hansen | Posted 07.20.2014 | Politics
Dale Hansen

There is one thing we do know for certain: Anyone who tells you definitively that only one side or the other is to blame has absolutely no interest in fixing institutional inequality.