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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 07.14.2014 | 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 06.30.2014 | 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 06.19.2014 | 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 06.10.2014 | 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 06.03.2014 | 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.

The National Voter Registration Act Turns 21!

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 07.19.2014 | Politics
Elisabeth MacNamara

Our democracy is at its strongest when it includes as many voices as possible. This week, we're celebrating the NVRA for 21 years -- and counting -- of protecting and enhancing the nation's voter registration process, including ensuring a free, fair and accessible electoral system for all eligible voters.

Vote For This Democrat, Prevent Insurance Execs From Throwing Dance Parties

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 05.16.2014 | Politics

"Insurance executives" boisterously dance on tables, guzzle Champagne and throw bills in the air as a Democrat running in a competitive House race ima...

'For Dummies' Books Should Top the Republican Party's Reading List

Gerry Myers | Posted 07.13.2014 | Politics
Gerry Myers

Since the Republican party spends a good part of its time explaining what it really means in its racially-charged, women-hating remarks, perhaps reading English Grammar for Dummies will help conservative articulate their thoughts more clearly.

Republicans Struggling in Fight Against Obamacare

Dale Hansen | Posted 07.13.2014 | Detroit
Dale Hansen

If Obamacare is indeed so awful and unaffordable, why are its critics having so much trouble finding one person in Michigan who has indisputably been harmed by it?

American Health Care Post-ACA: A Crisis of Access

Stephen A. Brunton, M.D., FAAFP | Posted 07.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Stephen A. Brunton, M.D., FAAFP

Originally, the ACA was projected to result in up to 30 million people gaining health insurance in 2014 alone. However, anyone who hasn't been living...

'Choice': Another Republican Lie

Dale Hansen | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics
Dale Hansen

Republican-led legislatures across the nation are making controversial changes to many laws under the guise of "choice." Charter schools give families a "choice" of where to send their children. Right to work gives workers a "choice" to join a union. The truth is, "choice" is a red herring in these political discussions.

The Latest Plot to Undermine Obamacare and Prevent Millions From Enrolling in Medicaid

Bob Cesca | Posted 06.28.2014 | Politics
Bob Cesca

It has everything to do with Obama Derangement Syndrome -- Republican governors who refuse for a variety of cheap political excuses to attach their names to Obamacare. By doing so, they're hurting their own people, including Republican voters by numbers into the hundreds of thousands per state.

At Least You Have Your Health

Emily Spitzer | Posted 06.23.2014 | Politics
Emily Spitzer

"At least you have your health." That point, of course, is when we face our own health issues -- even if temporary -- and appreciate how all-consuming a broken bone, pinched nerve, chronic allergy, or persistent migraine can be.

Long Live LGBTQ Oregonians: How Is Cover Oregon Working for Queer and Trans People?

Logan Lynn | Posted 06.21.2014 | Gay Voices
Logan Lynn

At this point, there has been so much confusing Affordable Care Act news coverage that many people in Oregon (and across the land) have developed ACA fatigue just from having to hear about it around the clock -- myself included.

The Facts on Obamacare

Richard Klass | Posted 06.19.2014 | Politics
Richard Klass

There is a quote attributed to multiple sources: "You are entitled to your own opinions, you are not entitled to your own facts." Here are some facts on the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare).